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Grill Safely This Summer

Fourth of July is past (I hope everyone had a great holiday), but there is still plenty of summer left.  That means plenty of opportunity for backyard  barbecues.  In my house, once it’s even remotely warm enough the stove goes on vacation and grill takes over the cooking. If you’re like me where grilling is a main stay or if you just do the occasional party in the yard, I want share a few tips to make sure you stay safe when using your grill this summer.

    • Read the owner’s manual.
      Always read the owner’s manual before using your grill and follow specific usage, assembly, and safety procedures. Contact the grill manufacturer if you have specific questions. (Be sure to locate your model number and the manufacturer’s consumer inquiry phone number and write them on the front page of your manual.)
    • Grills are for outside, only.
      Barbecue grills are designed for outdoor use, only. Never barbecue in your trailer, tent, house, garage, or any enclosed area because carbon monoxide may accumulate and kill you.
    • Use in well-ventilated area.
      Set up your grill in an open area that is away from buildings, overhead combustible surfaces, dry leaves, or brush. Be sure to avoid high traffic areas and always barbecue in a well-ventilated area. Be aware of wind-blown sparks.
    • Keep grill stable.
      When using a barbecue grill, be sure that all parts of the unit are firmly in place and that the grill is stable (can’t be tipped over).
    • Use long-handled utensils.
      Use barbecue utensils with long handles (forks, tongs, etc.) to avoid burns and splatters.
    • Wear safe clothing.
      Wear clothing that does not have hanging shirt tails, frills, or apron strings that can catch fire, and use flame-retardant mitts when adjusting hot vents.
    • Keep fire under control.
      To put out flare-ups, either raise the grid that the food is on, spread the coals out evenly, or adjust the controls to lower the temperature. If you must douse the flames with a light spritz of water, first remove the food from the grill.
    • Be ready to extinguish flames.
      Use baking soda to control a grease fire and have a fire extinguisher handy. A bucket of sand or a garden hose should be near if you don’t have a commercial extinguisher.
    • Never leave a grill unattended once lit.
    • Keep everyone a safe distance from a hot.
      Don’t allow anyone to conduct activity near the grill when in use or immediately following its use. The grill body remains hot up to an hour after being used.
    • Don’t move a hot grill.
      Never attempt to move a hot grill. It’s easy to stumble or drop it and serious burns could result.

These tips are courtesy of The Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association

Hop everyone have a great summer. Happy Grilling!

Safety Tip of the Week: Pool Safety

Photo by Debs1986 courtesy of Flickr

Summer is officially here!  It’s the perfect time to discuss Pool Safety.  As I was searching the web for good information, I came across these safety tips for children from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Source: http://www.aap.org/family/tipppool.htm

  • Install a fence at least four-feet high around all four sides of the pool.  The fence should not have openings or protrusions that a young child could use to get over, under, or through.
  • Make sure pool gates open out from the pool, and self-close and self-latch at a height children can’t reach.
  • If the house serves as the fourth side of a fence surrounding a pool, install an alarm on the exit door to the yard and the pool.
  • Never leave children alone in or near the pool or spa, even for a moment.
  • Keep rescue equipment (a shepherd’s hook – a long pole with a hook on the end – and life preserver) and a portable telephone near the pool. Choose a shepherd’s hook and other rescue equipment made of fiberglass or other materials that do not conduct electricity.
  • Avoid inflatable swimming aids such as “floaties.” They are not a substitute for approved life vests and can give children a false sense of security.
  • Children age 4 and older should be taught to swim. Parents may choose to start swimming lessons before age 4 if their children are developmentally ready, but swim programs should never be seen as “drown proofing” a child of any age.
  • Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult should be within arm’s length, providing “touch supervision.”
  • Avoid Entrapment: Suction from pool and spa drains can trap an adult underwater.  Do not use a pool or spa if there are broken or missing drain covers.  Ask your pool operator if your pool or spa’s drains are compliant with the Pool and Spa Safety Act.
  • Large inflatable above-ground pools have become increasingly popular for backyard use. Children may fall in if they lean against the soft side of an inflatable pool. Although such pools are often exempt from local pool fencing requirements, it is essential that they be surrounded by an appropriate fence just as a permanent pool would be so that children cannot gain unsupervised access.

~KM Fawcett

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