Today is Summer Solstice, which means the season we've all been waiting for is finally here. With summer comes the opportunity to get out the BBQ and grill.
However, according to Porch.com there are over 8,800 grill fires per year, many of which can cause serious injury. Like many of us, summer is primetime for grilling, so here's some 6 important tips for safety on the BBQ.
- Setup your BBQ away from your home and a safe distance away from anything that could catch fire or is dangerous (trees, play areas, etc.)
- Be sure to open the lid of your BBQ before you light it, this will prevent mass combustion upon opening the lid again.
- Make sure you watch the grill at all times while it's lit and have someone cover you for supervision while you are doing other things like grabbing supplies, etc.
- Make sure you have three-feet of space surrounding the grill on all sides.
- Keep your grill clean (to prevent fires) by scrubbing off grease and excess food before and after each use.
- Turn off the gas when you are finished grilling.
It’s important to thoroughly clean your BBQ or outdoor grill before you store it for a prolonged period of time. Not only does cleaning the grill help prevent bacteria and pests from establishing a home inside the grill, cleaning is an excellent way to help maintain this appliance over time. [Porch.com]
For tips on cleaning your BBQ, check out this great article from Porch.com.