It’s summer, which means it’s time to bust out the good ol’ grill! Whether it’s making burgers for family dinner or hotdogs to compliment some beer and friends, we all love a well-cooked meal by means of America’s favorite summer cooking pastime. We know, we know…no one thinks anything could happen to them until you have a burn shaped like a fish on your forearm.
Here are some safety procedures and tips for a smarter way to grill:
• Investigate your grill to ensure there aren’t any dents, holes, cracks, etc., and do the same for your propane tank. This should be your first step before grilling every season.
• Place your grill in a space that isn’t flammable. We recommend using your driveway or a concrete patio over your deck. If you are grilling on your deck, you should lay out a fire resistant mat and keep a fire extinguisher handy.
• Keep children away from the grill. If your children want to play outside, designate an area at least 10 to 15 feet away from the grill for them to run around and enjoy the summer weather while you grill.
• Ensure you have thoroughly cleaned your grill to avoid grease fire. This means scrubbing off food remnants, grease and anything else that may have gotten stuck to your grill with a good quality wire scrubber.
• All of your grilling tools should have long handles that are temperature resistant. Wearing heavy clothing or a grilling apron will protect you from grease that may fly off the grill. Remember to wear heat-resistant gloves as well when touching hot items.
Grilling is a great pastime for any family, but it is important to follow proper safety practices because at the end of the day you’re using coals, propane and fire to cook.