It’s the time of year to dust off the grill and start cooking outside. Grilling is a great pastime, but if you’re not careful, it can also cause house fires and injuries. You can prevent an accident from happening by practicing these grilling safety tips.
Lighting the Grill Safely
Before lighting a gas grill, check the hoses for leaks. The best way to do this is to rub a soapy solution on the hoses and connections and turn on the gas. If bubbles form anywhere, you have a leak and should not use your grill.
Never turn the gas on with the grill lid shut. Too much propane will get trapped under the lid and could cause an explosion when you light it. To safely light a charcoal grill, use a charcoal chimney or an electric charcoal starter.
Grilling Safety Tips: Don’t Overload the Grill
Cooking too much meat on the grill at once can cause the flame to flare up when the grease drips down into the charcoal or burners. This can cause burns when grilling or catch loose sleeves on fire. Grill small amounts of meat in several batches for best grilling safety.
Keep the Grill Away From Obstacles
Place the grill in a safe area away from any obstacles. The grill should not be placed too close to the house or other structures, or underneath tree branches or any sort of roof. If you keep the grill on the deck, move it at least 10 feet away from the deck railings before you fire it up. Never use the grill in an enclosed area, like the garage.
Clean the Grill Regularly
Keeping the grill clean is an important part of grilling safety. After the grill has cooled down, scrub the grates and clean out any food remnants that have fallen through the grates and into the cookbox. A dirty grill is not sanitary or safe to use.
Wear the Right Clothes for Grilling Safety
If you are the grillmaster, wear the right clothes for it. Short sleeves are best, but if you must wear long sleeves make sure they are tightly fitted. If you have long hair, tie it back.
Keep Safety Equipment Nearby
Keep safety equipment next to the grill in case of an emergency. Bring your kitchen fire extinguisher outside with you, or even just a box of baking soda.