Health Tips for Safe Grilling
It’s relaxing to be outside, cooking your food on the grill. But don’t get so relaxed that you forget about safety.
- Keep grills away from the house, from deck railings and out from under tree branches or other overhangs, such as eaves or awnings.
- Make sure children know to stay away from the grill until it’s completely cooled off.
- Use long-handled grilling tools to protect the chef from high flames and heat.
- If you have a propane grill, be sure to check the cylinder hose for leaks before you use it. You can do this by applying light soap and water to the hose. Leaking propane will release bubbles. Have a professional replace the fuel lines.
- Keep lit cigarettes, matches or other flames away from a leaking propane grill.
- If you have a charcoal grill, use starter fluid meant only for that purpose. Use of other fluids, such as gasoline, can cause an explosion. These types of accidents can cause fatalities.
- Don’t ever use lighter fluid to restart the flame in a grill that’s already been lit.
- Keep a spray bottle of water nearby to douse any flare-ups.
- Be sure the grill is on a level surface so that it won’t tip over.
- Always keep the bottom tray and grease catch pan of your gas barbecue clean and free of debris. This not only prevents dangerous grease fires, it deters visits from unwanted critters. A sprinkle of red pepper is another way to discourage animals.
The National Fire Protection Association; The National Safety Council.