Summer is on the horizon and it’s about time to start firing up the grill. Here are the top tips to follow to make sure your summer grilling season goes off without a hitch.
When its time to fire up the grill, you should be fully focused on the task at hand. Instead of juggling multiple tasks while flipping burgers, have someone take care of setting the table or home ready for the meal or guests so you can concentrate on the grill. You don’t want to leave the grill unattended once it’s been lit.
You’ll want to make sure your grill is at least 10 feet away from your home or any other structures. Avoid grilling in the garage, yes, even with the garage door open. Remember that grills release carbon monoxide and need to be in a well-ventilated area. Make sure to pay attention to any overhangs and tree branches when setting up your grill.
Set up your grill on level ground and reduce the chances it will be knocked over.
Remove grease and fat buildup from the grates and grill tray. That buildup provides fuel for flareups. Get in the habit of cleaning your grill after every use (it’s easier to scrape off the grease and fat while the grates are warm).
Before you start cooking at your first barbeque of the season, check the gas tank hose for leaks. You can make a solution of liquid dish soap and water and rub it over the hose and connections. Then turn on the gas and check for large bubbles. If any appear, that’s an indication there are holes in the hose or the connections aren’t tight enough.
And a spray bottle of water to handle minor flare-ups. In the case of a larger fire, keep a full extinguisher nearby and know how to use it!
Instruct children to stay away from the grilling area at all times and restrain pets as well.
Let the charcoal cool completely before moving or cleaning the grill. Dumping hot coals is an obvious fire risk. There isn’t a foolproof formula for determining how long is long enough. To be safe, allow coals to cool overnight before disposing of them. If you’re using a gas grill, completely shut off the gas valve when finished.
Practicing proper grilling safety techniques will keep your family and home safe and avoid costly damage.