We’ve moved in to the heart of Summer. And for many of us, that means firing up the grill, and enjoying flavorful meals on our outdoor patios. But, most of us never really consider the safety hazards of firing up that grill. So, we decided to come up with a short list of helpful safety tips to follow, that should prevent any unwanted “adventures” in our grilling:
- Follow the Manufacturer’s Instructions
- No matter what you’re doing, whether it be assembling your grill, using it, conducting maintenance, cleaning, or storing your grill, always follow the instructions! Most of the time, most of us just toss the instructions to the side, too eager to fire it up right away. But with a practice as potentially dangerous as this, it’s probably for the best to just read the instructions first. They know best, after all, they DID build the grill.
- Make Sure your Grill is in a Safe Location
- Keep your grill outdoors, and at least 5-10 feet away from the house, on level ground, where there’s no overhanging tree branches or power lines directly overhead that could cause issues.
- Always Check for Leaks
- At the beginning of each grilling season, or whenever replacing the propane cylinder, be sure to use a soapy water solution to check for leaks. Expanding bubbles indicate a possible leak.
- Follow Proper Lighting Procedures
- With each specific grill, you’ll want to refer to the owner’s manual on proper procedure. However, general good practices include always keeping the grill open when lighting, and don’t stand directly over the grill while lighting. We don’t want any eyebrows being singed off.
- Follow Proper Re-Lighting Procedures
- Again, you’ll want to follow your owner’s manual for specific details. But if the flame were to go out, make sure to turn the gas off, before checking the owner’s manual. Also, you’ll probably want to wait at least 10-15 minutes before attempting to relight, and always keep the lid open.
- Pay Attention!
- This one can be the easiest to do, but also the easiest to accidentally ignore. Always pay attention to your grill when it is in use. Be present in the moment, and don’t allow yourself to become too distracted by conversations that you forget your primary responsibilities: keeping everyone safe, and cooking everything to perfection!
- No Play Zone
- If you have kids around, it’s smart to designate the area around the grill as a no-play zone. The last thing we want is for someone to kick the propane tank over and cause a catastrophe!
As always, enjoy your summer, and be safe out there when firing up the grill!