As the weather turns warm, people tend to fire up their grills and head outside to cook and dine. Grilling is one of the most popular ways to cook food. Below is a list of safety tips to follow, so you can help ensure that your next barbecue is safe and fun.
- Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outside and placed well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. This area also needs to be well ventilated.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
- Be sure that all parts of the unit are firmly in place and that the grill is stable and can’t easily be tipped over.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grill and trays below the grill.
- Never leave the grill unattended once lit, and be careful after the fire is out. The grill body can remain hot up to an hour after being used.
- Have a fire extinguisher on hand and know how to cut fuel supplies, extinguish fires, and treat burns should things get out of control.
- Never attempt to move a hot grill. It’s easy stumble and drop it, resulting in serious burns.
- Use barbecue utensils with long handles to avoid burns and splatters. Wear clothing that does not have hanging shirt tails, frills, or apron strings that can catch fire. Use flame-retardant mitts when adjusting hot vents or moving pans on the grill.
- Keep your fire under control to prevent flare-ups. To put out flare-ups, raise the grid that food is on and spread the coals out evenly or adjust the controls to lower the temperature.
- If electrically-operated accessories are to be used (rotisseries, etc.), be sure they are properly grounded in accordance with local codes. Electrical cords should be placed away from walkways or anywhere people can trip over them..
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