Backyards, grills, music, and loved ones- it’s barbecue season! Summertime is filled with gatherings, reunions, and celebrations. While the grill is working and people are partying, it’s important to ensure safety.
Additionally, gas grills account for more fires than charcoal grills; let’s discuss safety!
Do You Know About the 10-Foot Rule?
First things first- never start a fire indoors (garages and carports included). It is recommended that grills be kept 10-feet away from structures- this includes sheds and carports. You shouldn’t have anything hanging, standing, set up, etc. within 10-feet of the grill. Flare-ups happen so, being a bit further isn’t a bad idea.
Using a Stable Surface for BBQ Grill Placement
Grills can tip over and cause damage. A grill should not be ignited if not on a stable surface (and of course the lid should not be on when starting a gas grill). The grill should also be 10+ feet away from structures.
Do You Clean Your BBQ Grill? It’s Important That You Do
Clean out your grill after each use is a safe practice. Grease build-up can cause major flareups. Remember the grill and the tray below the grill. Also, a clean grill helps the barbecue cook better.
Barbecue Grills Need Maintenance Too
It’s safe practice to check the grills fittings, tubes, and connections to make sure that everything is in good condition before igniting the grill for the first time BBQ season. What should you look for? The tubes should have no: bug build-up, grease build-up, food build-up, or any build-up. You also want to make sure to remove blockages (there are special pipes and cleaners for this).
Do You Have a Gas Grill?
Many times, a gas grill that is leaking will provide a warning with the scent of gas. But keep in mind that small leaks may not produce a scent strong enough for you to notice. It’s safe practice to check for gas leaks by using a little soap and water, applying it to the hose, and turning on the propane tank. Bubbles around the hose are an indication of a leak.
Don’t Over Do it- Don’t Overload the Grill with Food
Too much fat and flesh dripping onto the grill can cause flames. It’s bad practice to overload the grill- though you should be checking it every few minutes (because fires grow fast so a small undetectable fire can grow into a massive fire within minutes).
The Charcoal Embers- Make Sure They Are Really Out
Many times, charcoal embers appear to be out but are still very hot. Disposing of these very hot embers can lead to a fire.
Happy safe barbecue grilling season! Remember, safety first!