Summer Safety Tips: Grill Safety
By Staff, 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 13, 2007
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Barbecue. The word itself can make peoples' mouths water. When some people think of barbecuing the first thing that they think of is outdoor cooking and social gatherings.
If grilling out, a favorite American pastime, is a part of people's weekend plans this summer, extra precaution around the grill can prevent serious injury and still result in a belly full of great burgers.
Grill Safety (gas and charcoal)
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has released the following safety tips for those "grill-masters" to follow while using grills.
· Make sure all cigarettes, matches and any open flames are kept away from gas grills.
· Outdoor grills are not made for indoor use. Maintain a distance of 10 feet from any structures that could catch on fire.
· Check gas grill connectors, valves, grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks.
· Dispose of used charcoal properly. Water down the remains thoroughly and do not discard in plastic or wood containers.
· Use long-handled barbecue tools to help prevent burning accidents
· Avoid loose clothing when standing near open grill flames.
Children and pets should never be left unattended near a hot grill
For more information and a complete list of tips visit www.cpsc.gov.