5 Grilling Safety Tips for this Summer

 Its finally summer and the weather is just right for grilling; Keep these five grilling tips in mind for a fun, delicious and safe barbecue. 

1.  NEVER Leave the Grill Unattended.

You should never leave the girl alone as this can cause burns and injuries. We know everyone loves outdoors, especially during this time of the year but it’s crucial that kids and pets don’t play near the grill area, keep children at least three feet away from the grill, even after you’re finished cooking as it can remain hot for a while.

2.  ALWAYS Grill Outside.

It is not safe to use a grill indoors, even if it is a small one. In addition to being a fire hazard, grills release carbon monoxide which is a colorless and odorless gas that can be fatal to your health. Also, when grilling outside make sure to give the grill enough space. Having a tree branch too close to the grill can be dangerous; floating leaves could easily catch on fire. Your grill should be at least 10 feet away from your home or garage.

3.  DON’T FORGET to clean the grill after each use.

Not only will your food taste better and you can reduce the risk of flare-ups, but you can decrease the chance of unwanted bacteria getting on the food and causing sickness. Always Remove grease or fat buildup from both the grill and the tray below the grill.

4.  FIRST, open the lid – SECONDLY, start the gas

Lighting your grill with a closed lid is extremely dangerous as it can cause gas buildup and in effect a fire. Always keep your gas grill lid open while you’re lighting it. In the event that the flame goes out while the lid is open, turn both the grill and gas off and wait a few minutes before you try to light it again.

5.  Be ready to put out FIRE

You should always have a fire extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency, this is especially important for when you are grilling. Always be prepared to minimize the chance of a fire hazard, for instance, baking soda can be a great aid to control grease fires.


Connie Phillips