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May 8, 2019

Summer Safety Series: Grilling Safety Tips

Warmer weather often leads to people pulling the covers off their grills and cooking outside to keep the heat out of the kitchen. Unfortunately, too many grills are used unsafely resulting in numerous injuries and structure fires. 

These tips will help keep you and your home safe during the grilling season: 
  1. Set up your grill in a safe place - This means away from any structures including a patio, deck, balcony, porch, garage, and your home. Additionally you’ll want to make sure there is full clearance above the grill -- as high flames could easily catch an overhanging branch, decoration, or patio umbrella. 
  2. Regularly clean your grill - Grease build-up and used charcoal are little issues that could lead to major ones. After using your grill, make sure to clean it thoroughly so it’s ready for your next use! 
  3. Check for gas leaks - A simple way to check for gas leaks is by taking a 1:1 soap and water mixture and rubbing it over the hoses and connections. Any bubbling will indicate a gas leak. If it’s in the middle of the hose it will need to be replaced prior to continued use. 
  4. Protect yourself with proper attire - Wearing an apron while grilling will not only keep your clothing clean, but it will also add an additional layer of protection between the grill and you. In addition to an apron, you should also make use of oven mitts when necessary to protect your hands and arms. 
  5. Be prepared for fire - Even the most experienced grillers may encounter an outburst of flames. Because of this it is important to have a fire extinguisher nearby that isn’t expired, and has been tested. Baking soda can also be helpful in putting out grease fires. (Never use water on a grease fire!)

A hangry family is no reason to rush when grilling. Follow these steps and keep you, your family, and friends safe this summer.