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4 Grilling Safety Tips

Updated on October 18, 2008
 

Are you looking forward to having an opportunity to enjoy delicious grilled foods this summer? Grilling is a great way to prepare delicious meals without overheating your kitchen. It can also be a lot of fun, as long as you make sure that your grilling habits are safe ones.

4 Important Summer Grill Safety Tips

Whether you're planning on taking a camping trip, or if you are simply looking forward to enjoy cooking your favorite grill recipes on the gas or charcoal grill in your back yard, it's important to follow the basic guidelines for grill safety.

Clear the Surrounding Area - Before you fire up the grill, be sure to clear the area surrounding the grill of anything that might pose a fire hazard. Loose flammable items shouldn't be stored anywhere near your grill, as they pose a very real and dangerous fire hazard. Be sure to clear the area of leaves, grass clippings, and debris before you light the grill. This important safety tip holds true for both gas and charcoal grills, as well as any other source of open flame.

Clean Grills are Safe Grills - Make sure to clean your grill in between uses. If grease is allowed to build up on the grill, it can pose a serious fire hazard. The last thing you want to have to do is face fighting off a grease fire when you're just trying to prepare a tasty meal for your family or friends.

Use Proper Cooking Tools - The most common grilling related injuries are burns to the chef. Backyard chefs often experience painful, and unnecessary, burns because they don't use proper protective gear when grilling. It's important to use utensils designed especially for grilling. The long handles on grill utensils are there to make sure that you don't have to put your hands too close to the fire. It's also important to use a proper insulated mitt when grilling. It's a very bad idea to wear baggy clothes when grilling. Loose clothing poses a serious risk near open flames.

Conclude Grilling Sessions Properly - Don't just walk away from the grill once your meal is prepared. If you're using a gas grill, it's important to remember to turn the grill off and close the shut off valve on the propane tank. If you're using a charcoal grill, don't leave burning embers unattended. When you're through grilling, douse the flames to prevent sparks from getting loose and potentially starting a fire.

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