Summertime is the season for firing up the grill and doing some outdoor cooking. Making sure you use safe grilling practices are important so that you can keep the party going all summer long. Below are a few things to keep in mind to keep you and your guests safe.
Protect Your Property: House fires can happen if grills are too close to your home or positioned under a wooden balcony or overhang. So, make sure to get the grill away from your house to allow any smoke or fire build-up to be in an open area that won't catch your home or trees on fire. Make sure to also position it away from hanging decorative items like hanging plants and umbrellas. And NEVER grill inside!
Check for Leaks: You want to make sure that there aren't any gas leaks. This can be done with a homemade mix of half liquid dish soap and water. If the mix bubbles when the gas is turned on, you know to tighten up that area on the hose or to get it replaced.
Keep it Clean: A clean grill is a safe grill. Cleaning your grill after each use not only ultimately makes the cleaning process easier, but rids the grill of built up fats and grease that can become a fire hazard.
Turn On Tips: Make sure that before you turn on the gas and fire up the grill you open the lid. If anything has built up, it will burn off as the grill heats up. If you keep the lid closed while you are heating it up, those resides will start to burn and when you open the lid, you have the concern of burning your face when that burning residue is released. To be prepared, it is a good idea to have sand, baking soda, or a fire extinguisher close to the grill in case you do have a need to put the fire out. Avoid water when putting out a grease fire, as this can only make the problem worse.
Focus: Make grilling your top priority. If a fire does start and you are not around to address it immediately, your problem could get a lot bigger. So, relax, enjoy the summertime air and grill away. Your friends or family can get the other things prepped for you. Also make sure young kids and pets stay away from the grilling area not only while dinner is cooking, but a few hours after as well.
Less Fat, Less Fret: The less fatty foods you cook at once will help decrease the probability of fat build up and fire hazard. Plus, cooking less fatty foods will contribute to a healthier lifestyle.
Stabilize: Make sure your grill is on a flat surface that will keep it stable and from moving around or tipping. A deck or concrete patio has solid surface, but things such as flagstone patios or grass can be quite different. (Not to mention that having your grill on grass is another big safety hazard).
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