Grilling out is a great way to bring people together. However, unsafe grilling can cause serious harm to people and property. Safe grilling takes some planning, but it is well worth the effort. Read on to learn how to prevent injuries at your next cookout.
Safe Grilling Tips
Gas grills are responsible for 83% of grill fires, but any type of grill has the potential to cause damage. Follow these 10 grilling safety tips to enjoy outdoor cooking without causing an accident.
1. Keep the Grill Away From Structures
The open flames of a grill pose a threat to any nearby structure. Move the grill away from your home or any other structures, overhangs, or trees.
2. Keep the Grill Stable for Safe Grilling
Place the grill on a flat surface for safe grilling. An unstable surface can cause the grill to tip over. Use a concrete surface or invest in a grill pad.
3. Check for Propane Leaks
Before firing up the grill, check the propane tank, hoses, and connections for leaks. You can do this by rubbing a solution of soapy water on the hoses and turning on the gas. If bubbles form, there is a leak.
4. Use Caution with Charcoal Lighter Fluid
Charcoal lighter fluid is highly flammable and should be used with caution for safe grilling practices. Keep the bottle away from the open flame do not use it after the coals are already lit.
5. Wait To Re-Light
If the fire dies out on your gas grill, don’t re-light it immediately. Wait at least 5 minutes to re-light. This will allow gas fumes to dissipate and prevent a flare-up.
6. Never Turn On the Gas With the Lid Closed
If the lid is closed and the gas turned on, the gas will build up inside the grill. Too much propane under the hood can cause a flare-up when ignited. Open the lid before turning on the gas for safe grilling.
7. Never Leave the Grill Unattended
Never leave the grill unattended, and keep children and pets away from it. Keep in mind that the grill stays hot for at least an hour after cooking is finished.
8. Safe Grilling Includes Cleaning the Grill
Grease and food particles can build up on a grill and create a fire hazard. Clean the grill after each use to prevent flammable leftovers from igniting.
9. Dress For Safe Grilling
Keep apron strings and long hair tied back when grilling. Don’t wear long, loose sleeves that could catch on fire.
10. Keep a Fire Extinguisher Nearby
Be prepared to put out a fire by keeping a fire extinguisher, a bucket of sand, and/or a box of baking soda near the grill. Any of these will safely and quickly put out a grease fire. Never use water on a grease fire.