Grilling Safety Tips
Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and with summer comes plenty of grilling and outdoor barbecues. More than 7,000 people are hurt every year while grilling outside, but you don’t have to be one of them. Use our grilling safety tips to keep you, your family, and your home safe this summer.
- Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your home, including the garage, carport, or shed. Take it as far away as you can, based on the size of your yard.
- Don’t use your grill under a wooden overhang as a flare could lead to a fire on the structure.
- Keep your grill clean because grease and fat left behind could cause a big flare-up and fire.
- Throw out the wire-bristle brush you’ve been using to clean the grill, though. Loose bristles can get stuck on food and swallowed. If this happens, it leads to injury of the throat, stomach, or intestines, which can cause serious health problems.
- Keep a spray bottle with water close by to quickly deal with a minor flare ups. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher, too, in case things get out of hand.
- Check your gas grill for leaks by rubbing soapy water on the hose and turning on the gas (always with the lid open). If you see bubbles forming, you have a leak in your hose.
- Never leave the grill unattended.
- Don’t let children or pets play near the grill.
- Don’t overload your grill with food. Too much fat and grease dripping down over the flames could cause a grease fire.
- Keep your grill on a stable surface. It shouldn’t rock or wobble.
- Never use your grill inside. It gives off carbon monoxide which is an odorless, tasteless gas that kills.
- Wear clothes that aren’t too loose. You don’t want anything dangling over the fire like your t-shirt, sleeves, or apron strings.
- If the flame goes out, turn off the gas, wait five minutes, and then start again and attempt to relight it.
- When you’re done, turn off your grill right away. Don’t try to store it until it’s cooled down completely. For gas grills, turn off the burners and the gas. For charcoal grills, wait until the coals are completely cool, and then wrap them in aluminum foil and throw them away in a non-combustible garbage can.
Grilling out with your family and friends can be a lot of fun. It’s a great way to get everyone together. Make sure all you make are happy memories and delicious food by staying safe out in the backyard.