Michael Contaxis, the 1st Assistant Chief of the Warwick Fire Department as well as the department's Fire Prevention Chairman, offered the following of the grilling tips:
There’s nothing like outdoor grilling. It’s one of the most popular ways to cook food.
But a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries.
Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling.
• Propane Grills: Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill.
If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.
If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill. If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least five minutes before re-lighting it.
• All BBQ Grills should only be used outdoors.
• The grill needs to be placed away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
• Keep all children over three feet away from the grill area.
• Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill never leaving the grill unattended.
• Always make sure the grill is open before lighting.