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BBQ Safety

BBQ Safety

All this month we are going to focus in on some safety tips when it comes to spending time outdoors around your home.

The State of Massachusetts has provided a blog post with some great tips when it comes to cooking outdoors during the summer months. According to the blog post, 2/3 of all fires in the state occur during the grilling season (May-September). Here are some tips gleaned from the post (be sure to check the post for more!):

  • When using a gas grill for the first time of the season, check the hoses & connections for gas leaks. Pouring a light soap/water solution through the hose should reveal if there are any pinholes in the hose. Replace as necessary.
  • Whether using a charcoal grill or gas grill, NEVER use them in an enclosed space. Both grills can generate a large amount of carbon dioxide gas which can poison you.
  • If you are going to use a grill on a balcony, make sure there is a stairway or other alternative fire escape.
  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from structures, deck railings, overhanging roof eaves & tree branches.
  • Keep your grill clean to prevent an uneven flame or blockage from grease/fat build-up.
  • Never use gasoline on any grill, fires caused by gasoline are major sources for burns.

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