Nothing says ‘summertime’ quite like the unmistakable smell of a barbecue. Whether you’re a neighborhood-renowned grillmaster or just making a quick dinner outside, it’s important to make sure you grill safely. Here’s a few tips to remember before you turn on the propane tank or get that charcoal lit this summer:
Only Grill Outside
This might seem like a no-brainer to some folks, but it’s incredibly important not to grill in any sort of enclosed space, like a tent or a garage. Grilling releases carbon monoxide into the air, which can be fatal when inhaled. Also, the open flame and heat of a grill can easily catch nearby structures, tree branches, etc. on fire.
Keep Kids and Pets Away from the Grill
Children under five years old account for an average of 39% of contact burn injuries per year, according to the National Fire Protection Association, and these injuries often occur when a kid bumps into, touches, or falls onto the grill or hot coals. Your kids or fur babies might be curious about the mysterious ways of the barbecue, but keeping the grill an “adults only zone” can keep them from suffering painful injuries.
Keep It Clean
While a well-seasoned grill imparts many delicious flavors onto food, too much grease buildup creates a fire hazard, accounting for about 20 percent of grill fires every year. Making sure to clean up leftover food and grease can go a long way toward keeping you safe. Pro tip: rub half of anonion on the grates to quickly clean the grill. The onion’s natural enzymes will break down stuck-on grime and, as a bonus, impart a little flavor for your next session!
Dress the Part
Fashionistas, take note: loose clothing, hanging fabrics, and metal bracelets can become a fire or burn hazard in front of the grill. Instead, try donning an apron and some gloves; we hear it’s all the rage in Paris!
Never Leave The Grill Unattended
A grill, like any other controlled fire, is at its most dangerous when left unsupervised. Always keeping an eye on the grill – and ensuring someone else is whenever you need to walk away – can help prevent accidental fires and, if one does happen, ensure it’s extinguished before it gets out of hand.
written by Jon Becker