At the first sign of warm weather, many folks head directly to their backyards to start that greatest of summertime traditions -- grilling. (Or, if you are like me, it never stops.) To ensure everyone can enjoy their backyard bistros unencumbered by unfortunate mishaps, below is a list of steps you can take to avoid being "over done:"
Make sure that your grill is serviced and cleaned annually, following manufacturers' instructions for care and use.
Leak-check all hoses and fittings on gas grill with a dish detergent-and-water solution. If any bubbling appears, have the grill serviced by a certified technician.
Whenever changing propane tanks, make sure all connections are tight.
When transporting propane tanks for refilling/exchange, they must be secured upright. An old milk crate works great to stabilize tanks for transport. Never transport in trunks.
Never leave a tank in the car while doing other errands -- full tanks sometimes will start to "off-gas" in the heat build-up inside a parked car.
Keep grills at least 3 feet from combustibles (i.e. your home).
Always dispose of ashes from charcoal grills in metal containers with tight lids.
Never use gasoline or other flammable liquids to start your charcoal -- only use approved charcoal lighter fluid. Once the charcoal is started, never add lighter fluid.
Never use a grill -- gas or charcoal -- indoors.
The New Canaan Fire Marshal's Office encourages safe summertime grilling. For further questions contact 594-3030.