Summer is here and we are now in the middle of prime BBQ season. Just the thought of a steak or burger on the grill is sure to bring a smile to your face and a memory of dinners past.
According to a survey done by Weber Canada 88% of Canadians will barbecue at least one a week that 52% enjoy using their barbecue year-round. Though the enjoyment of the summer grilling season is so enjoyable it does not come without risks. Just a quick search and you can see the number of house fires that are caused by accidents involving an outdoor grill or barbecue.
No one wants to have to go through the possibly devastating consequences of this possible accident and by following some common sense and key safety tips, accidents can be avoided. Here are 10 BBQ Safety tips to help keep summer grilling safe.
Have your grill at least 10 feet away from your house. This includes possible attachments such as carports, garages and decks.
Clean your grill after each use. Grease and fat can build up on your grill and they provide more fuel to any fire. Grease is one of the major source of flare ups.
Make sure your grill is stable. An unstable grill has a possibility of tipping over. You may consider using a grill pad or splatter mat under your grill to protect the surface your grill is on.
Check for gas leaks. If you are using a gas grill you can check your tank hose for leaks by applying a light soap and water solution on the hose and then turning the gas on. If there is a leak the solution will bubble.
If your flame goes out, wait to re-light. If you are using a gas grill and the flame goes out, turn the grill off and wait at least 5 minutes to re-light it. This will allow any pockets of gas to disperse safely.
NEVER Leave your grill unattended. Fires can double in size every minute. This will require planning on your food preparation so that you can focus on your grilling.
Keep a spray bottle of water nearby. Water can be used to quell a minor flare up and will not harm your food.
Be aware of what you are wearing. Clothing can catch fire easily. Make sure that you have sleeves, apron strings and shirt tails secured.
Keep anything hanging away from grill. Flower baskets, umbrellas and lanterns could contribute to any fire and help it spread quicker.
Have a Fire Extinguisher nearby and call 911. Not only have a extinguisher, but know how to use it and that it is properly maintained. Do not delay in calling 911, when a fire starts minutes matter.
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