Safety Tips for Summer BBQs
Summer is known for it’s great BBQ cook- outs and the lure of keeping the heat outside, instead of in the kitchen. Unfortunately, many people forget that their grill is attached to a bottle of gas, and the grease on the foods they are cooking can easily lead to a grease fire. To prepare for these eventualites, as issues always arise, we have listed some tips to help you stay safe, as well a well- fed, this summer.
TIPS for SAFE BBQing on both gas and charcoal grilles.
- when using any grille, make sure that it is not near the house. most homes today utilize vynal siding, which is highly susceptible to burning and melting under heat conditions. Should a fire or flare up occur, keeping your grille far from the house will ensure that not only your family, but also your home is safe.
- When grilling, make sure to replace foil between BBQ events, to ensure that all previous grease and grime build- up have been removed from the grille. Old grease can lead to grille fires very quickly.
- Make sure that you are cooking at the recomended temperature, and that you do NOT leave your grille unattended. A simple flare up can turn into a full- blown fire in a matter of seconds, if they are not caught early.
- Keep a container or sand or backing powder near your grille to use in smothering a fire, should it happen. Grilles can be cleaned afterwards and are far less painful reminders than 3rd degree burns from trying to put out a fire the wrong way.
- If a fire occurs, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY. Every emergency aid working would rather help a small fire be contained than put out a large fire, once it is out of control.
Be safe and enjoy your summer!