From the Desk of Fire Marshal Fred Baker
Published 8:08 pm, Sunday, May 13, 2012
At the first signs of warm weather many folks head directly to the barbecue grill to start that greatest of summertime traditions -- grilling,. To ensure everyone enjoys their backyard bistros unencumbered by unfortunate mishaps, following is a list of steps to avoid becoming "well done":
Make sure your grill is serviced and cleaned annually, following manufacturer's instructions for care and use.
Leak check all hoses and fittings on gas grills 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.
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When transporting propane tanks for refilling/exchange they must be secured upright. An old milk crate works well 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 of a parked car.
Keep grills at least 3 feet away from combustibles (i.e. your home).
Always dispose of ashes from charcoal grills in metal containers with a tight lid.
Never use gasoline or other flammable liquids to start your charcoal -- only use approved charcoal lighter fluid. Once the charcoal is started, do not add more lighter fluid.
Never use a grill -- gas or charcoal -- indoors.
The New Canaan Fire Marshal's Office encourages safe summertime grilling.
For more information, call 203-594-3030.