It seems that in the borough of Bellevue, there is now legislation in place that requires you grill at least 5 feet away from any flammable materials – your house, shed, woodpile, deck, etc. As you can imagine, the ordinance has “sparked” a number of protests. It’s also made the news. A LOT OF NEWS It’s also spawned mock-up products and even a Facebook Page.
Far be it from us to cast judgment on the merits of such a law. That much should be obvious. Were we still living in Bellevue, as you can see from the picture, the Dogger and I would be in obvious violation of the law. Which leads us to the other purpose of today’s post – a couple simple tips on grilling safety. These aren’t formal or scientific – you can find those things here. This is basic common sense.
- If you have a gas grill, always check to make sure that your lines are tightly secured, and aren’t cracked.
- If using charcoal, don’t spray on a ridiculous amount of lighter fluid. Using sparingly and light carefully.
- If using a gas grill, don’t lean down and try to look in and see if it’s lit. Give it a couple seconds – you’ll know if it’s lit or not. If not, shut the valve off and try again.
- Keep the lid closed unless you need to open it.
- Keep flammable materials away from the hot grill.
- If dripping grease causes a flare up, close the grill. Do NOT spray with water, as this will spread the grease out and could cause an explosion. Don’t believe it? – watch this. If the flame gets out of control, shut the gas off at the controls, then at the tank, with the lid closed the whole time. Keep a fire extinguisher handy in case it’s needed.
- When shutting off a gas grill, make sure the hand controls up top AND the valve on the tank are COMPLETELY closed and the hoses are secured to the tank. Even a slight gas leak can be explosive, and extremely dangerous, as propane is heavier than air and will take a long time to dissipate.
- When disposing of charcoal, make sure that it has burned COMPLETELY out – this can often take quite a lot of time. Always dispose of all ash and remaining coal, again, AFTER it’s burned completely out.
- Don’t ever cover ANY grill while it’s still hot. Give it time.
That’s all for today. Coming very soon – part 4 of how NOT to save on your insurance, and what you should’ve done.
Be safe, and enjoy your summer!