Don’t Make Your Summer BBQ Memorable for the Wrong Reasons!

Grilling safetyAll it takes is one thoughtless mistake and suddenly your summer barbecue can turn into a disaster. Fire is just one of the barbecuing dangers that can do a lot of damage and ensure your family will always remember that day…but not for the right reasons. Follow these safety tips and avoid a barbecue fire catastrophe.

Tips for Every Grill

First of all, only use propane and charcoal grills outside. It sounds obvious, but it needs to be said. Most people tend to situate their grill right next to the house; however, you’re better off moving the grill away from the house, the deck, and any tree branches that could catch fire. Then you just have to work to make sure the kids and pets stay away from the grill. Even if the grill doesn’t catch anything on fire, a child or a pet could be severely burned just by getting too curious. Always have a capable adult near the grill, supervising the grill, and keeping away the little ones. Finally, make sure you keep the grill clean. Fat and grease buildup in the trays below the grill can be more susceptible to fire, so clean them out after every use.

Propane Tips

We already mentioned to always use your propane grill outside. Indeed, all of the above tips apply to propane grilling. Additionally with propane grills, you have to be especially cautious of the gas hazard. Here are a few safety tips:
  • With every use, inspect the connections from the gas/propane tank, to the hose, to the grill and tighten anything that’s loose.
  • Make sure the propane tank hose isn’t leaking any gas before you use it.
  • If you ever smell gas with the tank on, turn it off.
  • If gas continues to leak once you’ve turned off the tank, call the fire department.

Charcoal Tips

Charcoal is a little bit simpler, but still requires the proper safety steps. Use only charcoal starter fluid and keep the fluid away from the kids and pets as well. Always let the charcoal cool when you’re done using the grill before you dispose of it. Home Fire Escape Plan
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