New York (PRWEB) May 26, 2010
Memorial Day weekend will inspire people across the country to fire up the grill for outdoor celebrations, some of which may lead to careless accidents. All Home Security, a leading online resource for home alarm systems and home security monitoring, presents the following safety tips for anyone planning to grill out this season.
Find a proper area:
The National Fire Prevention Association advises that charcoal and propane grills should not be used indoors. Set up the grill on a flat surface that cannot burn (like asphalt or concrete) and place at least 10 feet from homes, decks, garages and any other structures. Make sure the area is free from leaves, trees or other things that may easily catch fire.
Check before lighting:
Do not use a grill more than a few years old. Before each use, look over the equipment for any potential hazards like structural cracks, leaks or brittleness. If there are any damaged parts, have a qualified specialist fix them. Make sure that all parts of the grill surface, hoses and tubes are free from grease, bugs or any other possible barriers.
Never lean over, turn away from or leave a lit grill unattended. Wear loose clothing and use flame-resistant mitts and/or barbecue tools with long handles while grilling to maintain safety while in close proximity to the flames. Distinguish a visible safety boundary to keep children and pets within a radius of at least 10 feet away from the grill at all times with sidewalk chalk, toys or any other available materials. Limit drinking alcohol or smoking, and storing or using flammable materials to outside of this boundary, as well.
Clean after use:
Wait for the grill to completely cool before cleaning. Use only grill-approved cleaners and never store a grill indoors. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and storing equipment to ensure safety and the product’s longevity.
Prepare for emergencies:
Have a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher or garden hose nearby as a precaution. Also keep a phone close and in the case of a fire call 911. Do not pour water on a grease fire, it will only grow larger. Look for home security systems that offer immediate response in the event of fire or carbon monoxide detection.
All Home Security is a leading online resource for home security and safety. To learn more about the benefits of monitored home alarms, visit http://www.allhomesecurity.com.