Backyard barbecue tips you should know
Tis the season for summer grilling. To ensure your safety, we’re providing some simple tips and tricks you should know before firing up that grill!
Clean, clean and clean some more.
Clean your grill regularly. If you allow grease and fat to build up on your grill, they provide more fuel for a fire. Grease is a major source of flare ups that can occur and are sometimes hard to put out; prevention is key.
Check for gas leaks.
Ensure that gas is not leaking from your grill by making a solution using half liquid dish soap and half water, then proceed to rub it on the hoses and connections. Turn your gas on, with the grill lid open. If the soap creates large bubbles, that's a key sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not secure enough.
Keep decorations away from your grill.
Outdoor decorations like hanging baskets, throw-pillows and umbrellas look pretty but can provide fuel for a fire. Unfortunately, modern decor is mostly made of artificial fibers that burn fast and hot, making this tip even more important! Be aware!
Keep a lid off it.
Never turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. NEVER. It causes gas to build up inside your grill; when you light it a fireball may explode, causing damage to your home or, even worse, severe burns to yourself or a loved one.
Keep an eye on your grill.
Never leave a grill unattended. Fires can double in size every minutes, so plan ahead and make sure all your other food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling.
Keep it outside.
Never use a grill indoors. Even small table top grills can cause a potential fire and most grills release carbon monoxide - a deadly, colorless, odorless gas. That gas needs to be released into fresh air or it can kill you, your family and your pets.