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Stay Safe for Summer: Grilling Facts and Safety

The prime time for grilling has begun! If you haven’t already—pull your grills out and start flipping burgers. Although June and July are the top grilling months, 60 percent of grillers report that they grill all year round. 14 million new grills were purchased in 2013, and there was a 5 percent increase of women taking charge of grilling responsibilities, which brought the total to 25 percent.

Grilling has a very serious risk of fire. 8,800 fires happen on average because of gas and charcoal grills—it is extremely important to utilize safety. Make sure to follow these tips to ensure the well-being of you and your loved ones:

Read all owner manuals and manufacturing guides before operating your grill for the first time.

  • Do not grill inside—staying outside in open areas is safer.
  • Tuck in loose clothing and use long-handed tools to prevent burns.
  • Be aware of where the nearest fire extinguisher is located, but have baking soda handy in the event of a grease fire.
  • Turn off the gas supply BEFORE the burners when cooking is finished.
  • Check your grill and propane tank regularly for deterioration, broken or cracked pieces, or dents. The leading cause of grill fires is mechanical failure—be consistent with inspections.

If you follow these tips, you will be sure to stay safe while you and your family flip your steaks and brats!