Summer is here, and backyard BBQs are in full swing. While grilling can be a fun and tasty way to cook, it's important to remember that it can also be dangerous. Every year, grill accidents result in injuries and property damage, which is why the Wentzville Fire Protection District is dedicated to protecting our community and empowering our neighbors with the knowledge they need to grill safely.
6 Essential Grill Safety Tips
Grill safety should always be a top priority, whether you're a seasoned grill master or a newbie. Accidents can happen quickly, but they can also be prevented with a few simple steps. By following these six essential grill safety tips, you can ensure that your next backyard BBQ is a safe and enjoyable one.
Keep your grill in a safe location: Make sure your grill is at least 10 feet away from any structures, such as your house or garage. Also, make sure your grill is on a stable surface and cannot tip over.
Use proper grilling tools: Always use long-handled grilling tools to avoid burns. Avoid using metal utensils on non-stick grills to prevent damage.
Check for gas leaks: Before lighting your grill, check the gas hose for any cracks, holes, or leaks. You can do this by applying soapy water to the hose and looking for bubbles.
Keep a fire extinguisher nearby: In case of an emergency, it's important to have a fire extinguisher nearby. Make sure you know how to use it before you need it.
Never leave your grill unattended: Grilling requires your full attention. Never leave your grill unattended, especially if you have children or pets around.
Keep hot ashes contained: Never use a plastic container (like a trash can) to hold hot ashes, and keep them away from your siding and out of your garage until they’ve completely cooled.
First Aid Tips for Minor Burns
Even with the best grill safety practices, accidents can happen. If you or someone else gets a minor burn, here are some steps you can take to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and lower the risk of infection.
Run cool water over the burn for at least 10 minutes.
Cover the burn with a sterile gauze bandage or a clean cloth.
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever if necessary.
Seek medical attention if the burn is larger than a quarter or if there is significant pain or redness.
Grill Accident Statistics
According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are an average of 8,800 grill-related home fires every year, resulting in $118 million in property damage, as well as 16,900 trips to the emergency room for grill-related injuries.
Have Fun and Stay Safe this Summer
Grill safety is crucial for a safe and enjoyable backyard BBQ season. By following these six essential grill safety tips, knowing first aid tips for minor burns, and staying aware of grill accident statistics, you can have a fun and safe grilling experience. Remember, the Wentzville Fire Protection District is here to protect our community and provide the knowledge and resources needed to stay safe while grilling.
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Wentzville Fire District is one of the largest fire districts in St. Charles County, covering 88 square miles. The fire district is committed to serving and protecting our community through the highest quality of fire protection, prevention, education, and community outreach.