Are you getting the grill fired up this summer? If so, it’s time to review a few grilling safety tips to avoid a fire on your deck or patio. The National Fire Protection Association has established guidelines to help keep your backyard barbecues fun and safe!
- Keep your grill outdoors at least 10 feet away from your home and keep all decorations and hanging baskets away from the grill.
- Clean your grill regularly, to avoid grease and excess fat buildup that can cause fires.
- Check for gas leaks before using your grill by rubbing a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water on the hoses & connections. Open the grill lid and turn the gas on. If the soap forms large bubbles, there is a gas leak and you should have your grill serviced before using again. If the leak does not stop and the smell continues, contact your local fire department.
- Do not ever turn on the gas while the grill lid is closed. This can cause an excess buildup of gas and a potential explosion when the lid is opened.
- If you smell gas while cooking, turn off the gas tank and burners.
- Keep a spray bottle of water and a fire extinguisher handy.
(Since you are now a safety expert on the grill, check out this recipe for Yummy Honey Chicken Kabobs for your next backyard barbecue.)
These grilling safety tips can help keep your summer fun and worry-free with friends and family!