With the summer barbecue season upon us, there is never a bad time to familiarize yourself with grilling safety techniques. Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the town board have provided some tips for the use of outdoor propane barbecue grills. Each year, numerous people are injured as a result of gas grill fires and explosions. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an average of 8,900 home fires are caused by grilling on an annual basis.
“Inviting friends or family over for a barbecue in your backyard is one of the pure joys of summer on Long Island,” said Bosworth. “However, ensuring that all attendees of your party are safe is of critical importance, and can be achieved by following a few safety tips.”Here are some things you should know before you invite friends and family for your first barbecue of the season, courtesy of the NFPA:
Before you use your grill:
-Check the major connection points between the propane tank and the regulator and cylinder to make sure they are tight.
When the grill is on:
-If you smell gas, turn off the gas tank and burners.
-If the smell continues, move away from the grill and call the fire department immediately. -Do not move the grill.
General safety tips:
-Propane and charcoal barbecue grills should only be used outdoors.
-The grill should be placed well away from the home and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
-Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
-Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
-Never leave the grill unattended.
For more information on barbecue safety, please call 311 or 516-869-6311.
—Submitted by the Town of North Hempstead