Follow these tips to avoid grilling accidents
If you love to grill out in the summer time, then your season is here! Ribs, hamburgers, steaks, corn on the cob…it’s all delicious when cooked to perfection on a grill. Now is the perfect time to look at your grill and make sure it is in good condition. Grilling accidents and fires can be very serious, so it’s worth a little extra time to take steps to prevent these hazards. Remember these grill safety tips this summer:
- Grills are meant for outdoor use only. Never grill indoors.
- Young children may be curious about the grill—always keep them at a safe distance.
- Double-check all the hose connections where the propane tank is connected to the grill. Make sure they are secure.
- Keep flammable things away from the grill. This means keeping the grill away from your home, branches, eaves, plants, and railings.
- Clean the grease off your grill and clean the trays underneath your grill. This can help reduce the risk of fire.
- Be aware of gas leaks. If you smell gas while cooking, turn off the gas tank and turn off the burners. If the smell continues after turning off the gas, stay away from the grill and call the fire department.
- As you preheat the grill, be careful when opening the lid. The heated air coming off the grill will be very hot and can burn you.
- For charcoal grills, be extra careful with starter fluid. Keep it out reach of children.
- Never add any charcoal fluid or flammable liquids to the fire.
- Be careful when discarding used charcoals. Allow them to cool completely, and then dispose of them in a metal container.
With these safety tips, you can reduce your risk of accidents and grill fires. Being mindful of safety is worth the effort! Once your grill is ready to go, why not try some new recipes this summer. Here’s our top ten list of great things to grill:
- Pork chops
- Italian sausages
- Steak—treat yourself to ribeye!
- Hamburgers and hot dogs
- Corn on the cob
- Potatoes, carrots, and onions cooked in foil packets
- Vegetable skewers
- Chicken kebabs
- Chicken with barbecue sauce
- Grilled salmon—it’s heart healthy!
So don’t just sit there…get out there and get your grill ready for action. This summer, keep the heat out of the kitchen and have a blast with outdoor cooking. Happy grilling!
This blog post is courtesy of the Salter School. We want all our students to have a safe, happy, and healthy summer!