Great Guidelines For Grilling
Barbecuing can be a delicious way to cook your favorite meals when the weather is nice, but there can be risks involved, too. Here are some safety tips for grilling this summer:
Save it for the great outdoors. Only use your grill outside and keep it well away from your home, deck railing and overhanging branches. You shouldn’t grill under an overhang or porch, either.
Three feet from the heat. Keep children, pets and flammable objects at least three feet away from your grill. Never leave the grill unattended.
Clean it up. Before you grill, remove grease buildup from all grills and trays.
Do the soap test. If you’re using your grill for the first time this year, it’s a good idea to inspect your hose and connections for leaks. The National Fire Prevention Association has a simple tutorial on how to check for gas leaks using the soap test.
Many fires and explosions happen when refilling or reattaching the gas container, so here’s how to be a pro with your propane tank:
Store safely. Store propane tanks upright, outdoors and away from the grill.
Handle with care. When transporting propane tanks, make sure they are in a secure, upright position. Filled containers should never be left in a hot car or trunk.
Double check. Always examine the hose and connections between your tank and grill thoroughly for any cracking, holes or brittleness.
If you prefer charcoal grilling, be sure to follow these guidelines:
Watch out for CO. Never use a charcoal grill in an enclosed space because burning charcoal produces carbon monoxide, which is odorless, but toxic.
Get off to a good start. If you use starter fluid, only use charcoal starter fluid and do not add anything to the fire once it has been lit.
Cool and cover. After grilling, let the coals cool completely, then place them in a metal bin with a lid.
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