On average, there are more than 10,000 grilling-related injuries reported every year. Therefore, it is important to remain vigilant about grilling safety to prevent your backyard gathering from resulting in a nasty accident!
With the 4th of July weekend quickly approaching, our team at Southern Trust has compiled 5 safe grilling tips to help keep you, your family, and your home safe this summer.
Only Use Grills Outside
It may be tempting to set up your barbecue grill inside of your open garage or under a covered balcony, but propane/gas and charcoal grills are strictly designed for outdoor use where there is plenty of ventilation. Any combustible materials that surround or hang over the grill when it’s in use can catch fire easily and spread quickly. Make sure that the area over top and around your grill is clear and unobstructed, and that you set up the grill far away from your residence.
Make Sure Your Grill Is on Flat, Level Ground
Grills that are placed on slopes or other uneven surfaces can easily tip over and cause a fire. Therefore, it is essential that your grill is set up on a stable surface such as a concrete pad so that it remains level while cooking food.
Check Your Grill for Gas Leaks
If you store your grill inside during the winter months, it’s important to check it over thoroughly when grilling season begins. A leak in the gas lines can cause propane or natural gas to build up inside the barbecue when the lid is closed, which could result in an explosion if ignited.
To prevent this, check the gas lines to make sure that they are free of leaks before using your grill, and always open the lid of your barbecue before lighting.
Always Clean Your Grill After Use
Barbecuing regularly causes grease to build-up on the grill plates and collect inside the grease tray. If not cleaned, the build-up can then act as fuel and catch fire while the grill is in use. Clean your charcoal or gas grill after each use with a grill brush and empty the grease tray when it begins to fill up.
Never Leave a Grill Unattended While in Use
Last, but certainly not least, never leave your barbecue unattended while you are cooking. Barbecues use high heat and open flames to cook food, and when left unattended can become a safety and fire hazard. If you must leave the grill, ask another adult to watch the grill for you.
We hope these charcoal and gas grill safety tips will help you and your family enjoy a safe and fun-filled grilling season all summer long.