Summer’s here and that means barbecue grills are fired up. We have some beneficial grilling safety tips that will keep you and your family safe all season.
You know it’s summer when the smell of barbecue fills the air. Even though you might be a professional at the grill, it’s important to revisit and refresh yourself on important grilling safety tips.
Seven Grilling Safety Tips for Summer
Tip 1: Grill Outside
Charcoal, propane, and gas grills are specifically designed to be used outside where there is plenty of ventilation. Never use your barbecue grill under a covered balcony or in the garage.
Tip 2: Wear the Right Clothes
When operating your grill, wear clothes that won’t interfere with the cooking and avoid shirts with long sleeves. Ensure your apron strings are tied back and aren’t dangling near the flames.
Tip 3: Don’t Place Your Grill Close to Your Home
Ensure you keep your grill at least ten feet away from your home. Grills have the potential to heat up adjacent materials and cause a fire to start.
Tip 4: Clean Your Grill
After each use, you should clean your grill to prevent grease from building up. Grease can act as fuel and catch fire when the grill is in use. Also, be sure to empty the grease tray.
Tip 5: Have Water and a Fire Extinguisher Nearby
Have a spray bottle on hand and use it to extinguish smaller flames before they spread. It’s a good idea to have a fire extinguisher nearby as well in case a fire does break out.
Tip 6: Inspect Your Grill for Leaks
Be sure the gas lines are free of leaks before using your grill and always open the lid of your barbecue before lighting it.
Tip 7: Don’t Leave Your Grill Unattended
While you are cooking food, you should never leave the grill unattended. Barbecues operate using high heat and flames and are a safety hazard when left unattended.