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Labor Day Grilling Safety Tips

Labor Day is coming up on September 5! We usually associate Labor Day with a barbecue; so here are some grill safety tips to consider from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to have a fun and safe Labor Day.

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  • Grills should only be used outside

For Propane Grills:

  • Check all major connection points between the gas tank hose and the regulator and cylinder and where the hose connects to burners. Tighten if loose.
  • Check gas tank hose for leaks. Do not use if there are leaks.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, turn off gas tank and burners

For Charcoal Grills:

  • If using starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid
  • Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to fire
  • When finished grilling, let coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container

For more detailed information on these tips, visit the NFPA blog here.


Grilling Safety Tips

Since it's summer and the 4th of July is just a couple weeks away, here are some grilling safety tips from the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association (HPBA).

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  • Read the owner's manual
  • Grills are for outside use ONLY
  • Use in well ventilated area
  • Keep grill stable
  • Follow electric codes
  • Use long handled utensils
  • Wear safe clothing
  • Keep fire under control
  • Be ready to extinguish flames
  • Consider placing a grill pad or splatter mat beneath your grill
  • Never leave grill unattended once lit
  • Stay away from hot grill
  • Don't move hot grill

A safe barbecue is a fun barbecue. Happy grilling! 

For detailed information on each tip, visit the HPBA website here.