We all know Kansas City loves its barbecue! Grilling is one of the most popular summertime activities. Before you fire up the grill, here are essential tips and important reminders for a safe grilling season:
- Location, location, location. Place your grill on a level surface, and position it away from siding, deck railings or branches. Only use grills outdoors.
- Keep your grill clean. Empty the grease tray regularly to prevent buildup of flammable liquids.
- Be alert. Don’t operate a grill if you’re tired or have been drinking. Never leave a grill unattended while it is in use.
Gas vs. Charcoal
If you use a gas grill, check the propane tank for leaks before lighting the grill. Mix two-thirds water and one-third soap together, and apply the solution to the hose and connections. If bubbles form, there is a leak. Turn off the gas immediately and have it repaired or replaced before using the grill.
If you use a charcoal grill, only use charcoal starter fluid designed for grilling. Do not use gasoline or other flammable liquids to start the fire. Never add starter fluid once the fire has started.
Properly dispose of cooled charcoal by emptying coals into a metal container and sealing tightly with a lid. Place the container away from any flammable objects and materials.
City code prohibits those living in apartments and condominium communities from using gas or charcoal grills within 10 feet of the building or any other combustible construction, unless that building has an automated sprinkler system.
Find more fire safety and prevention information at opkansas.org.