New Jersey Division of Fire Safety-Propane Barbecue Grilling Safety
Four out of five families in the US now own a grill. Most people barbecue at least once a week throughout the summer months. The number the choice for consumers is the propane grill with a cylinder. The New Jersey Division of Fire Safety and your local fire service suggest the following ways to keep fire safe.
Before connecting propane, check for leaks with a 50/50 solution of liquid soap and water. Keep lid when starting.
*Do not use matches or a lighter to check for leaks.
*Never use a fluid designed for a charcoal grill.
*Do not allow children to tamper with the cylinder or the grill.
*When finished turn off burner controls and close cylinder valve.
*Cover grill to prevent connector corrosion.
*Always store cylinders outside in the upright position and never inside.
*After fill up or exchange go directly home, value closed and capped in a ventilated vehicle.
*Never store,use or transport near high temperature.
*On refills-exchange have supplier check cylinder for damage, rust, dents or leaks.
*Keep the grill at least five feet from a combustible wall or fence.
Grill fires on residential properties result in an estimated average of 10 deaths, 100 injuries and $37 million in property loss each year.
*Never cook inside a garage, a covered porch or under a canopy covered patio.
*Never use on a balcony.
As part of annual maintenance check grill for sticky valves and rust.
Replace worn parts.
Stay safe in Summer!
Follow these safety hints and Bon Appetit!
Disclaimer: This information is taken from New Jersey Division of Fire Safety pamphlet and I give them full credit for this information. Please call the above numbers for more information.
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I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan.
I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
Please call the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety for more information.
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