Safety & Maintenance Tips for Grilling at Home
Placement is KeyBBQ grills must be used on heatproof flooring, at least 10 feet away from buildings or anything flammable. Barbequing should never be done inside, not even in an opened garage or tent. It is dangerous to use grills on patios, awnings, or balconies because of their proximity to buildings. It's also important to make sure that the barbeque is set up in a stable location, so it won't fall over.
Leaving enough room for a cross-breeze keeps smoke from building up into a hazardous carbon monoxide miasma. Leave the grill in an area that has plenty of open space for the smoke to dissipate.
ChecklistThoroughly examine the grill before barbequing for any cracks, holes, or damage. Be sure all the pieces of the barbeque grill fit together properly.
CleanlinessBe sure that your BBQ grill is fully clean before and after cooking. Any leftover ash, charcoal, or grill residue needs to be brushed away and discarded. If your barbeque model comes with a drip pan, it should be emptied. A grill pad or splatter mat placed under the grill can catch any mess that the drip pan misses. This is important because build-up on the grate can cause fires.
Follow InstructionsIt's important to read the manual and instructions provided by the manufacturer before beginning your grilling odyssey. Even though it's a drag, bear in mind that thousands of people are injured every year as a result of BBQ accidents. Also, read the fine print because misusing your barbeque can void any owner's warranty you might have purchased.
ChildrenBe especially aware of children when barbequing since they are the most likely to be injured from a grill. Even if you don't have kids yourself, there's a good chance that you might use your BBQ grill when other's little tykes are around. If you have kids, it's a good idea to give them a tutorial of the grill so they understand what makes it dangerous. Establish a "safety zone" and caution all children to stay away from the barbeque.
Obey the HeatA barbeque can remain hot up to an hour after being turned off. You should never attempt to move or lift your grill while it's on or still cooling.
Protect YourselfBarbeques get extremely hot! Guard yourself from the heat using heavy duty gloves, long cooking utensils, and snug clothing. Clothing that hangs can catch fire easily, so avoid billowy sleeves, hanging apron strings, and long shirttails.
Fire SafetyIt's not a bad idea to keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose, or at least 16 quarts of water handy, in case of flare-ups or accidents. In the event of a fire:
Alcohol AwarenessDon't drink and grill! Seriously, alcohol and BBQs can be a deadly combination. Besides impairing the grillmaster's motor skills and synapses, plus alcohol is extremely flammable!
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