Grilling food is one of the perks of summer. When it's warm enough to cook outside, we can enjoy a delicious meal with family and friends.
To stay safe and healthy this summer, follow these tips for grilling.
- Steer clear of the house, overhangs, and branches. Place your grill at least 10 feet away from the house. Be mindful of wooden fences, sheds, decorations, and other nearby structures. Don’t place your grill under an overhang, including a garage or carport. Also keep children and pets away from a hot grill.
- Stay with it and never leave a grill unattended. Pick one person to stay with the grill and try to complete other tasks prior to starting the grill so you don’t have to leave it.
- Clean it regularly to prevent the build-up of grease, which can cause flare-ups when you’re cooking and fuel and fire.
- Open the lid when lighting a gas grill. Never light it with the lid closed, as that allows gas to build up and cause a burst of fire when the lid is opened.
- Let the coals cool on charcoal grills before disposing of them.
- Protect your hands and arms by using tongs that are long enough to keep your arm away from the grates. Grilling gloves can also offer additional protection.
- Have a fire extinguisher nearby. Fire extinguishers are best for putting out a flame that is larger than a temporary flare-up. If a fire does start, call 911 right away. Every minute is crucial when stopping the spread of a fire.