Urbana Fire Rescue Services would like to remind you to be careful when grilling. Grilling causes an average of 1500 structure fires and 4800 outdoor fires a year. Here are some tips to follow.
- Designate a “kid’s free zone around the grill until it is completely cooled. Never leave a grill unattended when it is hot if there are children or pets present.
- Keep the grill at least 3 feet from other objects i.e. buildings, shrubs, and bushes.
- Never use gasoline or kerosene to light a charcoal fire.
- Never attempt to restart a flame by adding fluid to an already lit grill.
- Dispose of charcoal away from children and pets, cool with a hose. Make sure coals are completely cooled before disposing of them.
- Use insulated, flame retardant mitts or long handled tongs and utensils. Temperatures of coals can reach 1000 degrees.
- Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks. Make sure there are no kinks in the line.
- Check the tubes into the burner for any blockage from insects, spiders, or grease. Use a pipe cleaner to clear any obstructions.
- Follow the manufactures instructions. Manufacturers will usually replace the manual at no charge if you misplaced it.
- If you smell gas, turn off the gas immediately and do not attempt to light until leak has been fixed. Never use a match to look for a leak.