Summer Safety: Grilling Tips From the State Fire Marshal
The Milton Fire Department recently supplied Milton Patch with some pointers for safe grilling from the State Fire Marshal's office.
The summer is a perfect time to enjoy a relaxing meal fresh off the grill. This time of year also provides a risk of fires as was evident last week with a reported grill fire and a larger blaze in May.
Lt. Brian Doherty, the Fire Prevention Officer for the Milton Fire Department, provided a few outdoor grilling tips, which were distributed to local fire departments by the State Fire Marshal’s office.
A good place to start when it comes to grill safety is to check for leaks. Gas grill users should secure the tank connection and check for cracks in the hose.
“Using a brush, apply a soapy solution made of one part detergent and one part water to the tank connection,” said Fire Marshal Stephen Coan via a release. “If the solution bubbles, you have a leak that needs repair."
Coan also provides the following safety tips:
- Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors.
- The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grill and tray below.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.