Rochester MN Home Inspectors Grilling Safety Tips

Home Inspector discovers melted exterior cable, electrical box

Home Inspector discovers melted exterior cable, electrical box

It's the 4th Of July weekend, and that means grilling out.  There's a hot fire in the grill, the brats, hotdogs and burgers are sizzling.  It's a welcome sight and smell at any family cookout. Don't let that fire make your family cookout memorable for the wrong reasons.

 Safety Tips.

  • Position your grill away from deck railings, siding, under eves and tree branches, and away from shrubberies.

  • Place the grill safely away from foot traffic and play areas.

  • Make sure pets and children are kept at a safe distance from the grill. Declare a 3' "safe zone" around the grill.

  • Long handled tools help to keep the chef safely away from the flames and heat when flipping burgers.

  • Any grease or fat build up in the catch receptacles should be removed frequently to prevent ignition

  • Purchase the proper starter fluid for use with charcoal grills. Keep the fluid stored safely and out of reach of children.

  • Check propane gas grills regularly for leaks at the connections or hoses. Use a light soap and water solution. Leaks will result in bubbles when the solution is applied to hoses and connections.

  • All propane cylinders manufactured after April 2002 must have overflow protection devices, (OPD) The OPD is identifiable by it's triangle shaped handle.

  • Always store propane tanks outdoors, never in sheds or garages

  • Never add charcoal starter fluid to coals that are already ignited

  • Never use charcoal or propane grills indoors or enclosed spaces. Not only do they pose a fire threat, you also risk potential poisonous gasses and asphyxiation.

Enjoy the Holiday!