June 9, 2016
Apartment Complex BBQ Safety Tips
There’s nothing quite like the taste of food cooked over an open fire. Whether it’s a hamburger, a choice cut of beef or pork, seafood, a few pieces of chicken or grilled fresh veggies there’s just something about that smoky flavor that’s hard to beat! Grilling is a great way to relax and serve something special to your family or guests. Like all fire related activities, grilling comes with risks and that makes fire protection a TOP priority.
Apartment, townhouse or condo dwellers face special challenges. Check with your apartment complex or property management folks for regulations. Here’s a list of fire and life safety tips all apartment, townhouse and condo dwellers should keep in mind. You home owners will find some good rules of thumb here too:
- Read your grill’s manual and familiarize yourself with those safety suggestions.
- NEVER use a gas, charcoal or electric grill indoors or in an enclosed area.
- Teach children to dial 911 in case of an emergency.
- Use your grill in a well ventilated area, away from overhangs. Watch out for party decorations.
- Make certain your grill is on a level non-flammable surface.
- Always be alert and ready to extinguish a fire.
- Start a charcoal fire with specially designated lighting fluids only. Gasoline is a big no-no.
- When using a gas grill check all connections and hoses for excessive wear and leaks before lighting the grill.
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions closely when using propane tanks.
- If a gas fire appears to be getting out of control turn the gas supply valve off immediately.
- Do not move your grill while it is lit or burning.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- Refrain from any activity that could cause the grill to be knocked over.
- Have a fire extinguisher, bucket of sand or cat litter nearby. Keep a garden hose or dependable source of water handy too.
- Use baking soda for flare ups or a grease fire.
- Do not wear loose clothing. Watch out for apron strings and shirt tails.
- Use an oven mitt or flame retardant gloves. Long handled bar-b-q utensils are the safest way to go.
- After cooking with charcoal extinguish the coals completely with water.
- Turn the gas supply off for a gas grill.
- With a charcoal fire make certain the coals are extinguished, place them in a metal container and dispose of safely.
Always keep fire and life safety top of mind. Grilling is great! Proper fire protection procedures will insure you, your family and friends will enjoy many tasty meals together in the future!