As the Fourth of July approaches, there are two important questions on the minds of Vermonters: ‘Where is the best place to see the fireworks?’ And ‘What are we going to grill for dinner?’ The answer to the first question is easy. Check this list of the best fireworks displays in the Chittenden County. The answer to the second question can be more complicated depending on your guests and who is manning the grill.

Barbequing can be the source of fabulous summer dinners. But without appropriate safety precautions, it can be the source of tremendous summer problems. Barbecue grills cause more than 1,500 structural fires and 4,200 outdoor fires nationally. By taking the following grilling safety precautions, you can save all the rockets red glare for the skies this holiday.

Grilling Safety

  • Barbecue grills are designed for outdoor use only. Never barbecue in your trailer, tent, house, garage, or any enclosed area as carbon monoxide may accumulate and kill you.
  • When the propane tank is connected, the grill must be kept outside in a well-ventilated space. When not in use, the propane tank valve must be turned to the OFF or CLOSED position.
  • Position the grill in an open area at least 10 feet away from buildings, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • When igniting the barbecue charcoal, use a charcoal lighter, not gasoline. Gasoline can flash violently in and around the pit causing serious injuries to anyone in the area of the flash.
  • Have a charged garden hose or bucket of sand available to extinguish any small grill flare-ups.
  • Use barbecue utensils with long handles to avoid burns and splatters.
  • Wear short or tight fitting sleeves and use flame retardant mitts.
  • Once lit, never leave a grill unattended.
  • Never store a propane tank indoors or below ground level.
  • Do not store a spare propane cylinder. Find a local propane distributor who will exchange an empty tank for a full one on the spot.
  • Hot ash and coals from barbecue pits and charcoal burners should be placed in a non-combustible container until cooled or thoroughly saturated with water, before being disposed.

Keep your Fourth safe and happy! Call us if you need us.

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