Fantastic information from the Public Information Officer of the Virginia Beach Fire Department:

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The Virginia Beach Fire Department wants you to be safe while grilling.

General safety tips:

Read the instructions and safety warnings before using the grill.

Grilling is an outdoor activity.

Never bring your grill in the house or in the garage.

Both charcoal and gas grills can pose a serious carbon monoxide risk indoors.

Keep your grill a safe distance from your home or deck railings.

Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill.

Never leave the grill unattended.

Make sure to clean the grill surface before you begin cooking.

Have a fire extinguisher and baking soda (for grease fires) nearby.

Never extinguish a grease fire with water.

Make sure the grill is on a flat surface so it doesn’t tip over.

Gas grills NFPA reports that gas grills can lead disastrous consequences if you are not careful. Between the years 2011-2015, 5 out of 6 (82%) grills involved in home fires were fueled by gas. Check the major connection points between the gas tank hose and the regulator and cylinder and where the hose connects to the burners. Tighten if loose.

Check the gas (propane) tank for potential leaks by spraying soapy water to the gas tank hose and turning on the gas. Bubbles from the solution will reveal any leaks in the hose. Either repair or replace the hose.

Never light the grill with the cover on.

If you smell gas while cooking, turn off your gas tank and burners. If the gas leak stops, call and get the tank serviced. If the leak doesn’t stop, call the fire department.

Charcoal grills According to NFPA, charcoal or other solid-fueled grills are involved in 1300 home fires per year, including 600 structure fires and 700 outside fires annually. If you use starter fluid, only use charcoal lighter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid to a fire.

Keep charcoal fluid out of reach of children and away from heat sources.

Make sure coals burn out completely and ashes cool at least 48 hours before disposing.

Discard ashes in a non-combustible container.

If you must discard of ashes before completely cooled, place in foil and soak with water before placing container.


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