Memorial Day is over and summer is almost here. To me, summer means beautiful weather, barbecues and baseball. Now that barbecue season is officially in full swing, I want to share a personal story with you. We all make mistakes, but learning from those mistakes is critical. This mistake could have been disastrous.
The house I grew up in was brick. Bricks are almost indestructible. When I moved away to college and into a house with vinyl siding I learned grills get hot enough to burn right through vinyl siding. To my defense, I had never lived in a house with vinyl siding. Thankfully, I only had to replace a few pieces of vinyl siding and the house is still standing. It could’ve been a terrible tragedy.
I’d like to share with you some grilling safety tips and statistics on grilling fires and accidents.
According to national statistics, around 6,500 annual outdoor grilling fires are blamed for $27 million in property damages in the United States. It’s important to follow all safety recommendations for the grill and fuel source being used.
- Clean and check grill, propane hoses and tanks regularly.
- Clean grill to prevent grease build-up.
- Never use water to extinguish grease or oil fires.
- Keep fire extinguisher nearby.
- Keep the grill a minimum of 10′ away from your house and trees.
- Do not grill on flammable surfaces or an in enclosed space.
- Avoid wearing loose clothing and use long handled utensils.
- Never leave a grill unattended.
- Douse coals with water before disposing.
Grilling accidents and fires are preventable. Follow these important safety tips to ensure you don’t become another statistic. Enjoy your summer!
Wilson Kehoe Winingham brings you this information with best regards for you and your family’s safety.