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.