It’s finally the perfect weather to start grilling, and we know our fans will be taking full advantage of that. Although using the grill and hosting barbecues for friends and family is always a fun time, there are some serious matters to be aware of. Grilling must be done safely in order to maintain this fun time, and make sure nothing goes wrong. Here are some must-know safety tips for grilling:
1. Distance from Home
You’ll want to make sure your grill is a safe distance from your house, just in case there is a worst-case scenario. You should also make sure there’s no wooden overhang above the grill either, as the fire could flare up into the structure.
2. Clean Regularly
The more you use the grill, the more build-up will begin to develop on and within it. If you allow grease and fat to build up on the grill, they provide more fuel for a fire to get out of hand. Grease is a major source of flare-ups.
3. Spray Bottle
As an extra precaution, try to keep a spray bottle of water on hand while grilling. If there are any minor flare-ups while you’re cooking, you can easily and quickly spray it with water to calm the fire. The bonus of this is that water won’t harm or ruin your food at all, so you can keep on grilling!
4. Fire Extinguisher
Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill, if possible. More importantly, know how to use it! While it’s great to be prepared and be able to extinguish the fire on your own, don’t let this deter you from calling 911.
5. Lid Open, Gas Up
Make sure that you open the lid of your grill or smoker before turning on the gas. Doing so will cause excess gas to build up inside your grill, and when it’s time to start the flame, this could be disastrou
6. Gas Down
One of the most common mistakes people make is in the way they turn their grills off. It’s recommended that you turn off the gas before anything else, in order to keep excess gas from leaking out when you’re finished grilling. The grill burners will come second after this.
Routine maintenance to your grill will help you avoid many of the common problems. Keep an eye on older grills as their parts may have damage or leaks. Cleaning the grill as soon as you finish using it may be annoying, but it could save you from a devastating mistake in the future.
Written by Ian Baranesky of The Smoker Broker
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