Summer is the perfect time for outdoor barbecues, but before you send out your invitations, it's important to make sure your grill is in a safe spot. Think strategically when deciding where to place your outdoor grill to reduce your risk of fire and to get the most out of your summer barbecues. Gas grills contribute to about 7,000 fires each year in the U.S., with charcoal grills involved in another 1,200 fire events annually, according to the National Fire Protection Agency.
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Indoor grilling can lead to dangerous fires and carbon monoxide buildup in the home. Never use an outdoor grill inside your home or garage, or in an RV or tent. Don't place the grill under covered porches or any other overhang that could potentially catch fire or allow carbon monoxide to accumulate. While these tips may seem fairly obvious, 30 people die and another hundred are injured each year from carbon monoxide generated by indoor grilling, reveals the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission. A full 6 percent of grill-related fires start when people attempt to grill in the kitchen, and another 28 percent start when grills are placed on balconies or porches, according to the NFPA. The CRPS recommends placing grills at least 10 feet from the house or any other building to reduce risks associated with fire and carbon monoxide.
If you plan to connect your grill to your home's natural gas or propane lines, the location of these lines can help you determine where to place the grill. Wolf Outdoor Gas Grills recommends keeping gas supply lines to the grill as short as possible to reduce pressure drops. Consult a contractor skilled in connecting gas grills rather than attempting this work on your own.
When deciding where to place your grill, choose a location that's protected from heavy winds -- to prevent blowing sparks or embers -- but still well-ventilated enough to protect you from carbon monoxide and other fumes. Place the grill downwind of your patio or outdoor dining area to keep guests out of the line of smoke. Avoid placing your grill upwind of doors, windows and balconies so smoke does not blow into either your home or those of your neighbors.
Wolf Outdoor Gas Grills recommends placing your grill on a flat, level surface to reduce the risk of the grill tipping over. Place the grill on a level patio, deck or other area of the yard. Keep the grill away from high traffic areas, outdoor walkways and children's play areas to further maximize grill safety.
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