Safety Tips for Summer Barbecues- Family Safe Grilling
Posted on Jun 29, 2009 by Maggie LaBarbera
You got the grill pulled out and are ready to start barbecuing. A fun family way to cook and eat together enjoying the wonderful summer weather.But don't forget these safety tips to keep the kids and family safe:Before you start to grill - check and clean the grill
- Make sure the burner tubes are not blocked. Insects often make this their home during winter! Clear blockage and push it through to the main part of the burner.
- Check for cracked or brittle gas tubes. Check for sharp bends in the tubes.
- Move the hoses far away from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease.
- Keep the drip tray or can clean and free of debris
- Check for leaks; always follow manufacturer's instructions if you smell gas or when you reconnect the grill to the LP gas container.
- If you find a leak, immediately turn off the gas. Don't attempt to light the grill until the leak is fixed.
- Keep lighted cigarettes, matches, and open flames away from a leaking grill.
- Do not attempt to repair the tank valve or the appliance yourself, always use the services of a qualified appliance repair person.
Now you are ready to barbecue:
- Keep grills at least 10 feet away from the house or any building.
- Do not use the grill in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or under a surface that can catch fire.
- When charcoal grilling, never use lighter fluid after the fire has started. Only use fluid to soak briquettes before starting the grill.
When you are barbecuing:
- Use long-handled tools and long barbecue mitts to prevent burns.
- Never use water to put out a fire on a gas grill.
- In case of flare up, turn burners off (in gas grilling). Gas or Charcoal, move food off of fire.