Fire prevention: 21 tips for the grill master
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- The RAF Lakenheath Fire Emergency Services Flight wants everyone to have a safe summer.
Our fire inspectors are available to provide checks for your grills, propane cylinders and provide recommendations and assistance for the safety of your family.
We strongly recommend you have a fire extinguisher on hand at all times if you are participating in these types of activities.
If you have any questions on the use or serviceability of your fire extinguishers, please let us know.
Here are a few safety tips for grilling:
- Never contain a grill in an enclosed space. Always use grills outdoors in a well ventilated area. Keep flammable materials away from the grill and do not grill near leaves, brush or your home.
- Always keep the cylinders in an upright position.
- Never store spare gas containers under or near the grill.
- Always follow the owner's manual and keep it in a place that is easily accessible.
- Close the cylinder valve when it is not in use. Make sure all grill controls are in the off position.
- Never attach or disconnect a cylinder, or alter the cylinder fittings when the grill is in operation or if it is still hot.
- Do not cover your grill until all controls are turned off and the grill has completely cooled down.
- Have all cylinders checked for dents, rust or leaks when you are having it refilled.
- Never leave a filled cylinder enclosed in a vehicle. Keep your car well ventilated when transporting cylinders.
- Cover disconnected hose-end fittings and burner air intakes with protective caps when your grill is not in use. These caps keep dirt, moisture and insects out of your equipment. Use a pipe cleaner or wire to clear blockage in tubes that lead to the burner.
- Check grill hoses for deterioration and kinks in the tubing. Keep the grill and range surface clean and free of corrosion.
- Leak-detection solution can be purchased at your local propane gas supplier. Check for leaks before igniting a grill burner. Also, check connections for tightness. Never use matches or lighters to check for leaks.
- Immediately turn off the gas and do not ignite if you detect the scent of propane gas.
- Please refrain from smoking while handling your propane cylinder.
- Never allow children to tamper or play with your gas grill.
- Do not store cylinders where they could would be exposed to high temperatures.
- Move gas hoses far away from possible dripping hot grease.
- Call a certified technician if the burner flame is not blue. Yellow flames indicate that air inlets are obstructed or burners need to be adjusted.
- Keep pot handles turned inward to avoid accidental spills and to keep out of the reach of small children.
- Never cover the of your grill bottom with foil. The foil will restrict air circulation.
- Never leave cooking food unattended.
For more information or to schedule an inspection or fire prevention education visit, please contact the Fire Prevention Office at 226-2112/3053 or 01638 522 112.
This article was originally published Aug. 13, 2012