A Saturday afternoon of grilling or a night spent by a bonfire can be loads of fun, but there is always risk with open flames, so it’s important to participate in these activities with care.
- Keep children at least three feet away from any open flames, and never let them near a lit grill, bonfire or fire pit unattended. Additionally, teach children about fire safety basics such as the “stop, drop and roll” technique and how to call 911.
- Propane and charcoal barbecue grills should only be used outdoors. Keep the grill at a distance from your house, as well as other structural features like deck railings. These measures will help you avoid requiring expensive fire damage remediation of your Philadelphia home.
- When using a propane barbecue grill, be aware of the possibility of gas leaks. You can check your gas tank hose for leaks by applying soap and water to the hose. If the hose has leaks, the propane will create bubbles. If you smell gas while using your grill, stop cooking immediately, back away from the grill, and call the fire department for assistance.
- When lighting a fire pit or bonfire, do not use soft woods such as cedar and pine as fuel, as they are likely to spark. Additionally, avoid burning yard waste such as leaves and grass clippings. While this may seems like a good way to recycle, the smoke such yard waste creates can exacerbate health conditions like asthma and emphysema. Staring a fire with yard waste may even be illegal in your community—check out your local regulations to be sure.
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