The Philadelphia OEM wants to wish everybody a happy and safe holiday. Many Memorial Day Weekend celebrations include a tasty barbecue, so be sure to stay safe around the grill. Follow these safety tips from the Philadelphia Fire Department.
BBQ Grill Safety Tips:
- Propane and charcoal grills must only be used outdoors. If used indoors, or in any enclosed spaces such as tents, they pose a fire hazard and a risk of exposing occupants to deadly carbon monoxide.
- When in use, grills should be at least 15 feet from any structure and at least 3 feet from any combustible materials.
- When purchasing a grill, select one that bears the approval mark of an independent testing laboratory.
- Make a thorough inspection of the grill before each use. For propane grills, pay particular attention to connections and hoses. Look for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks.
- Replace any damaged or corroded propane tanks.
- Never store spare propane cylinders under or near a grill or inside the home.
- Always store propane cylinders upright.
- Do not transport propane cylinders in the trunk of a passenger vehicle.
- Children should never be allowed to start outdoor cooking equipment.
- Allow lighter fluid to penetrate charcoals for 5-10 minutes before lighting, this creates a smaller, controlled flame.
- Once a fire has been started, never add starter fluid. Fire may follow the stream of fluid back to the container, causing an explosion and scattering flaming liquid.
- Never use gasoline to start your fire.
- Keep a small spray can of water handy to douse flaming grease.
- Do not wear loose fitting clothing while cooking.
- Always turn off valves when not in use.
- Use caution in disposing of the ashes. Ashes may contain live coals, which can start a fire. The safest method is to wet ashes thoroughly with water before emptying the grill.
- Also check the expiration date on your propane cylinder, tanks are only good for 12 years from the date of manufacture.