Tips for safe grilling

Tips for Outdoor GrilingAs Memorial Day weekend approaches, we start to get ready for cooking food on our outdoor grill, enjoying the weather and spending time with friends and family. All this can be fun and games but certain grilling safety precautions are a must. Here are a few tips to help you get through the barbeque season.

Tip 1: Stay with your grill at all times. The gas grill most likely to catch fire is the unattended one. Running into the house just for one second to check the score of the game or even to grab something in the kitchen can be one second too late.

Tip 2: Keeping your grill clean is one of the obvious ways to avoid fire danger. After 20 or so cookouts, remove grates and heat tents from a cool grill, vacuum or brush out the inside of the grill, and remove any loose food residue or material. Grease can build up inside the grill and might catch fire.

Tip 3: Don’t forget to regularly clean the grease catcher underneath your grill. As you can imagine, a hot grease fire can catch not only your grill on fire but also your house. As little as a cup or two of grease can catch on fire and burn for as long as an hour. Cleaning your grill regularly not only protects your grill, but also prevents home fires.

Tip 4: The placement of your grill is also very important for optimum safety.  Placing a grill on concrete or paving stones away from children playing or lose pets helps alleviate safety concerns.

If after following these important tips you still find yourself in the middle of a grill fire, do not panic. If the grill is completely engulfed in flames, clear everyone away and call the fire department. If flames are shooting out the sides or top of the grill and you can safely get to the fuel source, turn off the fuel supply. This will shut off the burners, and you can let the grill slowly burn out. But if you’re ever in doubt, do not hesitate to call the fire department.

Once summer is over, you’ll be packing up your grill for the winter. Before you do, you should conduct a deep cleaning of your grill. Spray down the inside of your grill with cooking oil and light it just long enough for the heat to reach about 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Turn off your grill and let it cool down. Also, disconnect any fuel sources, and cover your grill. The last thing you want is moisture finding its way inside your grill and getting trapped for the winter. Place your covered and clean grill in a safe place until you’re ready for next year’s grilling season! For more information, please visit www.FirstProtector.com.

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