Summer’s in full swing and there’s no better time to throw some meat and vegetables on the grill for a barbecue. Cookouts are no doubt a summertime favorite, and with 80% of American households owning a grill (Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association), chances are you might be firing yours up in the backyard today.
Before you fuel the fires of your inner chef and light up the grill, check out these helpful tips on how to do so safely:
- Replace last year’s drippings tray from underneath the grill and always make sure it’s clean before cooking – too much grease can start a fire in the tray.
- Check the hoses to and from the fuel source. Make sure they are attached properly and don’t have any cracking, holes or leaks.
- Carefully review the manufacturer’s instructions on how to refill your grill, regardless of whether it runs on charcoal, wood, or gas.
- Before placing food on the grill, let it heat up to burn away any lingering residue.
- After use, be sure to use a wire brush to rid the grill grates of old cooking residue. If you are using a charcoal burner, be sure to wait until the coals are fully cooled before disposing of them into a metal container.
- Keep the grill a safe distance – usually at least 10 feet – from other structures and always have a fire extinguisher handy.
- Last, but not least – never leave a lighted grill unattended.
For more information and tips on grill safety, visit the National Fire Protection Association.
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