Grilling is a great way to spend time with friends and family while making a delicious meal. Nothing ruins the gathering more than an accident or injury, so follow these grill safety tips during your next cookout.

Grill Location

1.The easiest way to prevent grilling accidents is to set up the grill in a good location. Place the grill on a level surface to prevent it from tipping over and food from sliding off.

2.Once you have the grill on a flat surface, check around the grill for plants, loose branches, and other objects. Keep in mind that the grill gives off heat and that flames may flare up. A secluded grilling area surrounded by bushes may seem appealing, but it is not a safe way to enjoy your summer cookout.

3.Look above the grill and verify that nothing is overhead. Low-hanging balconies or awnings are a safety hazard because they block ventilation. White or light-colored siding could become damaged if the grill is located too close.

Maintenance for Grill Safety

4. Perhaps the most important part of grill safety is maintaining and cleaning your equipment. Grease build-up in the tray beneath the grill or on the grates could lead to a grease fire. Grease fires are the most common cause of grilling accidents.

5. In the event you find yourself with a minor grease fire, do not attempt to put it out with water. Any fire on your grill is likely to have at least some grease component. Keep a fire extinguisher handy. For smaller fires, baking soda is will help cut off the oxygen to the flames. If neither of the above is nearby, salt may work on a small fire.

6. Cleaning your grilling tools is equally important. A clean surface will not stay that way for long if you’re using dirty tools. Not only is it more sanitary to have a clean grilling area and tools, but it is also safer!

Other Tips for Grill Safety

7. Do not wear long, loose sleeves near the grill. These could easily catch on fire.

8. Check your propane tank frequently, ideally before each use. If there is a gas-like odor near the grill but you have not started cooking, you may have a propane leak. You should also check the hose for any signs of wear and tear that could result in propane leaking.

9. Take precautions where you can. Do not overuse lighter fluid. Make sure you are using it carefully and avoid spilling the fluid. It is safest to use a chimney charcoal starter instead of lighter fluid to start the coals.

10. Proper disposal of charcoal or tin foil after you are done grilling is just as important. Allow plenty of time for cooling before throwing these out.

Now that you’ve read up on grill safety tips, you’re prepared for safe, fun, backyard get-togethers this season!

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