Get Your Grill On – Top 10 Barbecue Safety Tips for Memorial Day
Many of us will be pulling the grill out first the first time this holiday weekend to kick off the cookout season. Every year, grills are responsible for fires as well as thousands of injuries and burns, a third of those are kids under five. Following a few simple guidelines can help us to have a fun, delicious and safe cookout this holiday weekend and all summer long.
Keep Your Grill Outside
Gas and charcoal grills can produce carbon monoxide and other dangerous toxins. Always operate your grill outside to prevent these harmful chemicals from entering your home.
Read Your Owner's Manual
Not everyone is an expert. To ensure you and the safety of those you love properly read the directions on how to operate your grill.
Protect Yourself with Proper Attire
Grilling gloves and utensils with long handles will keep your hands and arms safe when dealing with heat and flames.
Keeping your grill clean not only makes your food taste better, but reduces the risk of flare-ups. Cleaning the grill will prevent rust, buildup, and the risk of toxins being transmitted in your food! It is easiest to clean a grill with a stainless steel brush while it is still a little hot. Be sure to oil your food, not the grates.
Never Leave Grill Unattended
Never leave the grill unattended when flames are still present or the grill is still hot. Keep children and pets at a safe distance away because the grill will remain hot and dangerous.
Start Gas Grill with Lid Open
Lighting your grill with a closed lid can cause a dangerous buildup of gas.
Be Responsible with Lighting Fluid
If you are using a charcoal grill, skip the lighter fluid. Who wants nasty foul smelling chemical fumes under their food? Chimney starters and lighter cubes are much cleaner and much more effective. If you must use lighter fluid, use it only to start a charcoal grill.
Check Gas Lines
The fuel lines of gas grills can become pinched, twisted, clogged, torn, melted or otherwise manipulated. When this happens, the risk of a fire is escalated.
Use Correct Cords
If you have an electric grill or electric accessories, try to use an extension cord only meant for the outdoors.
Shut Grill Down Correctly
For a gas grill, this means turning off the burners and the fuel supply. For a charcoal grill, wait for the coals to stop burning and cool down completely.