The Do’s and Don’ts of Cooking Outside

According to the National Fire Protection Association, an estimated 8,800 home fires are started by grilling each year. Additionally, almost half of accidents involving grills are caused by thermal burns. That is why studying grilling safety tips is crucial in keeping everyone safe during the BBQ. 

To prevent injuries when grilling, then you should place the grill 10 feet away from structures and maintain the grill grease-free. Additionally, check for gas leaks regularly and always keep water or a fire extinguisher nearby. You shouldn’t ever turn on the gas with the lid shut, leave the grill unattended or cook a lot of food at the same time. Find out more energized safety tips below.

Grilling Safety Hints

  • DO keep the grill at least 10 feet away from structures, like the garage or porch, and from under tree branches and leaves. The farther away from structures, the lower the risk of fire.
  • DO maintain the grill by cleaning the dirt or fat buildup after every usage. Doing this not just reduces the possibility of fire but also aids the meals to cook better. Make a solution with one part water and one part dish soap and apply it to the line which connects the grill into the gas tank.
  • DO keep a fire extinguisher handy. Since grilling involves fire, there’s always a danger for small flare-ups, so you ought to have something to extinguish the flame with.
  • DO place the coals from the grill at a metal may after you have finished grilling; allow the coals to cool first.
  • DO be sure to check the regulations on fires If you’re camping. Many areas could be closed to all fires (like charcoal grills) because of extremely dry conditions.
  • DON’T allow little kids and pets to come close to the grilling area.
  • DON’T turn on the gas with the lid shut. If there’s any gas trapped under the lid, then it will immediately become a fireball that can result in severe burn injuries.
  • DON’T leave the grill unattended. In case the grill catches fire, then an adult should be about to extinguish it immediately. Fires can double in size every minute.
  • DON’T grill inside. Propane and charcoal grills must never be used indoors. Besides the fire hazard, there’s a serious threat of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • DON’T dish a lot of food at the same time. Although it appears time-efficient, cooking a lot of food at once can cause excess fat to drip down on the grill fires, potentially causing a small fire.

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As fire restoration specialists, we advise you to constantly be vigilant when grilling. Extra fire safety precautions for your Fourth of July weekend are always essential! Regrettably, fire damage incidents can still happen to the most vigilant of homeowners. If your property has suffered fire or smoke damage, do not telephone the amateurs. Contact PuroClean for professional and reliable smoke, fire damage restoration, and fire cleaning services of homes or businesses.

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