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April 13, 2017

GRILL SAFETY

MANY RENTAL PROPERTIES PROHIBIT GRILLS ON THE DECK

The Dangers of a Grill on the Deck

Outdoor grilling on a deck is a favorite pastime for many families and neighborhood gatherings, but it poses potential hazards. Decks aren't always well suited for grills and don't offer the protection and safety that other areas of a yard do. Storing a grill on your deck might be an acceptable option, but igniting it and using it on the deck could put you and others at risk.

Fire Danger

Using a grill on a wooden deck can lead to unwanted fires. Sparks might ignite wood decking boards or railings. Windy conditions can increase the danger from stray sparks. If you grill on a wooden deck, have a fire extinguisher handy and keep your eyes on the grill and surrounding deck area at all times.ck might be an acceptable option, but igniting it and using it on the deck could put you and others at risk.

Grill Pads

Charcoal grills and smokers pose an extra risk on decks because embers tend to fall out of ash pans and drop onto the wood decking below, often unnoticed. Hot chimney starters can be absentmindedly set down on a wood surface, or an errant hot coal might pop out when the starter is put away. One simple solution to these potential hazards is to set the grill on a fire-resistant grill mat. They're available in a range of sizes; the larger the mat, the more protection you get. Of course, an ember can always roll or blow off of the mat, and the mat materials typically aren't completely fireproof, but mats put add an effective line of protection where you need it most, and they protect the decking from grease and food stains.

Posted by Nick Vacco - 04/13/17, 07:01 PM