Summer is right around the corner. The days are getting longer and the evening getting warmer. It’s grilling season. Whether you’re grilling traditional hot dogs and burgers, or trying to grill a pizza, it’s important to employ cautionary techniques in order to keep you and your loved ones safe.
- Always use propane and charcoal grills outside of the house.
- Place your grill away from your home, and pull it out from under the eaves.
- Make sure children and pets are away from the grilling area until you’re done cooking and the grill cools down.
- Remove grease and fat buildups from the grills and collection trays every time you cook
- Never, EVER leave your grill unattended for any reason.
- Before you use your grill for the first time each year, thoroughly check inside for critters that may have taken up residence over the winter.
- ONLY charcoal starter fluid to start your grill – do NOT add other types of flammable liquid to the flame.
- Keep your charcoal and starter fluid away from children and pets at all times, and make sure it’s away from the heat when it’s not in use.
- Only use newspaper as a fuel IF you have a Charcoal Chimney Starter.
- When you are finished grilling, make sure the coals cool completely, and dispose of them in a metal container. Keep in mind coals can remain hot for up to 24 hrs.
- For chemical free grilling, consider using natural lump charcoal & light it with fatwood or waxy sawdust type starters.
- Before each use, check your gas tank hose for cracks or leaks.
- To check the hose, apply a soap and water solution to the hose; if there is a propane leak, the soapy water will bubble.
- While your grill is operating, the smell of propane indicates a gas leak. Immediately shut off the grill and the gas tank. Have a professional service your grill before you use it again.
- If you have an out of control fire or flame coming out from underneath the grill, immediately call the fire department.
With a little precaution, you can make sure that your summer cookouts are memorable for all of the right reasons.