Outdoor BBQs are a favorite fall, tailgating activity. However, before you fire up the grill, remember that safety is key! Keep your home safe and avoid costly insurance claims or injuries to you and your guests by following these five grilling safety tips.
1. Keep Your Grill Outside
The gas and charcoal used in grills produces carbon monoxide which can be deadly if inhaled. Do not operate grills under trees, in an enclosed patio, or near deck railings. This will allow dangerous gases to escape properly with open space.
2. Lighter Fluid is Not a Toy
Be cautious with lighter fluid and use it responsibly. Only use charcoal lighter fluid to light charcoal grills. Now is not the time to show off how high the flames can climb. A chimney starter is a great alternative to start the grill and doesn’t require any lighter fluid.
3. Clean After Every Use
Cleaning your grill helps reduce the buildup of grease and food on the grates. Left behind grease can cause flare-ups and potentially large fires. In case of emergency, always keep a fire extinguisher and/or a bucket of sand or water nearby.
4. Cook Meat Properly
To prevent foodborne illnesses, cook meats to the proper recommended internal temperature. Be careful not to cross contaminate raw meat with other foods. Keeping a temperature gauge handy to check the doneness of the meat can ensure it is grilled to perfection!
5. Know How to Turn Your Grill Off
Gas grills need to be shut off in two locations: the gas supply and the burner knobs. For charcoal grills, let the coals stop burning and cool down before attempting to handle them. Once cooled, wrap them in aluminum foil and dispose of used coals.
Remember, whether it’s for a party or dinner, these cooking safety rules also apply!