Summer Barbecue Safety


The Maine State Fire Marshal has tips for summer Barbecue safety. Though we all love a good barbecue we need to be careful. The latest statistics from NFPA reflects that in 2002, gas and charcoal grills caused 900 structure fires and 3,500 outdoor fires in or on home properties, resulting in a combined direct property loss of $30 million.

When using barbecue grills on decks or patios, be sure to:

  • leave sufficient space from siding and eaves
  • always watch the grill when in use
  • keep children and pets far away froim grills

With charcoal grills:

  • only use charcoal starter fluids designed for barbecue grills
  • do not add fluid after coals have been lit

With gas grills:

  • be sure that the hose connection is tight
  • check hoses carfully for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and have the grill repaired by a professional, if necessary. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that before purchasing a grill or container, that it bares the mark of a nationally recognized testing laboratory.

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