12 Aug Stay safe while enjoying BBQ season
There’s nothing quite like a meal cooked on a barbecue grill. Yet according to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 10,000 home fires nationwide each year are caused by grilling mishaps.
Your grilling techniques may be superb, but do you know how to stay safe while preparing a barbecue dinner? Let’s brush up on some common barbecue safety measures:
Keep your grill clean. Dirty grills and greasy buildup contribute to nearly one-fifth of all grill-related structure fires. Clean your grill after each use.
Protect your eyes. Use lighter fluid carefully to make sure it doesn’t splash in your eye(s). Make sure your hands are clean and that you don’t accidentally touch your face or rub your eyes with it on your hands or fingers. If you do get lighter fluid in your eye or eyes, rinse with cool water right away for at least 15 minutes and then go to the nearest emergency room. Smoke or grease is another eye hazard to watch out for while grilling.
Keep your grill away from flammable objects and structures. Many grill-related fires are started by an object or structure being too close to the grill and catching fire. Did you know that your grill should be at least 10 feet away from your house or any building? Never use a grill in a garage, covered porch, patio or carport.
Inspect your grill on a regular basis. Leaks and broken grill equipment contribute to about 10% of documented grill structure fires. Follow your grill manufacturer’s instructions for periodic inspection and maintenance of your grill and for how to check for leaks.
Never leave a lit grill unattended. Don’t allow kids or pets to play near your grill, and never try to move a lit or hot grill. Grills remain hot for at least an hour after they have been used to cook a meal. Keep a fire extinguisher handy.
Handle food safely. Never put cooked meat on a plate that was used to deliver uncooked meat to the grilling area. Cook meat to the proper internal temperature.
While gas grills do contribute to a higher number of home fires than charcoal grills, following proper safety standards no matter what type of grill you own will ensure you keep your family and your home safe.