They say that spring is finally here, and although the weather may not be fully cooperating, don’t let that stop you from getting outside and enjoying your grill! Nothing says spring like the taste of outdoor cooking, but before you get started, there are some important things to consider to ensure your grilling goes as smoothly as possible.
Grill Safety First
- Always be aware if you are wearing loose clothing while cooking, and keep flammable materials as far away from heat as possible.
- Whether you’ve purchased a new grill or are cooking on a grill that you’ve used many times before, it is important that you follow all of the manufacturer’s recommendations for setting up, cleaning, and cooking.
- Never leave your grill unattended under any circumstances. Accidents can happen quickly, and keeping a close eye on your grill could prevent problems from occurring.
- Always have a fire extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency.
Grill Safety Tips for Gas Grills
- One important thing to remember is not to overfill your tank. Be sure to leave enough room to allow the liquid to expand.
- Take a close look at any hoses attached for signs of leaks or cracks that may allow for the escape of fuel.
- Never even consider cooking indoors on your gas grill under any circumstances. You should also avoid using your gas grill under over-hanging structures such as awnings or canopies.
Grill Safety Tips for Charcoal Grills
- It’s commonplace to see people adding lighter fluid directly to the hot coals, but this can definitely create a dangerous situation.
- When storing lighter fluid, take care to keep it away from small children and pets. Keep lighter fluid in a safe, cool place.
- Always leave your charcoal lid open until you are ready to begin cooking.
- Take care when disposing of charcoal ashes and always use a non-flammable container.
Whether your cooking juicy burgers, chicken, BBQ, or veggies, just as much attention should be paid to preparation and cooking safety as to your delicious meals. Follow these safety tips and enjoy cooking all your favorite foods this season.