For many of us, our outdoor grills haven’t seen the light of day all winter, and now that spring is finally here, we’re starting to unpack all the summer toys, which includes our grill. However, you probably don’t want to just pull it out of storage and immediately start using it, as that could be a potential safety hazard. Instead, here are four things you should do first in order to be as safe as possible.
- Check Your Hose:
- Somehow, many people manage to forget that their grill is full of fire. So, if you have a gas grill specifically, you should check the hose running between your propane tank and your burners to ensure that it’s intact and clean. If there’s any gunk built up in it or on it, you should absolutely give it a quick cleaning. And if there are any holes or excessive signs of wear and tear, I promise it’ll be worth it to spend a few bucks to get a new one.
- Give it a Deep Cleaning:
- First, make sure to run all your grill tools through the dishwasher. Most of us just do a light cursory cleaning, if that, before each use. But since you likely haven’t used your grill much, if any, this winter, you should take the time to remove the grates, and give it a deep clean. We recommend using a wire brush and damp cloth, but without the soap, as soap tends to linger there for much longer than you’d like, and a random guess says you don’t want your food to faintly taste like soap.
- Clean Out Your Grease Trap:
- Remember that your grill has a grease trap…yeah neither do I most of the time. But, it’s important to empty out all the gunk that’s built up in there from all the use the previous summer. And, if you want to make that as easy as possible for next year, go ahead and line the trap with sturdy aluminum foil for easy emptying.
- Test Run:
- Before you do any cooking, you want to light it up, and let it burn for a few minutes. Double check that they’re all working properly and that there aren’t any leaks.
I understand that these safety tips can sometimes feel laborious and unnecessary, but, trust me, you only have to watch your grill go up in flames once to never forget any of these steps again! After you’ve run through these quick tips, feel free to bust out the burgers and start grilling to your heart’s content!