When grilling, there is no better place to do it rather than outdoors. The lovely food that is produced when grilling is complimented by the wonderful ambiance of simply being outdoors. However, grilling outdoors is not completely safe as it could pose some hazards to safety in fact, there are already some serious cases attributed to outdoor grilling, structure fires and outdoor fires are also some serious cases that is why in grilling, safety is an important issue.
So to make your grilling experiences much better and much safer, here are some important tips you should consider the next time you go out to go grilling. Always remember that the pleasures you get from any experience is not worth your life.
Check Your Grill
If you are using a gas grill, always check for leaks every time before you start grilling. Leaks can also catch fire from the grill top and could cause very serious cases so make sure there are exactly no leaks. When doing this, make sure not to use a lighter to see where the leaks are. Take note that lighters are only to be used to start charcoal-type grills and never on gas grills especially when testing for leaks. This would save you from a lot of danger if you follow this.
Also make sure that your grill is standing stable and not shaky and does not show any likeliness of toppling over. The fire on the grill top can cause a lot of dangers if the grill topples over. When grilling, also make sure that fire extinguishers and first aid is always ready, you will never know what could happen during a barbecue so you should better off be safe and get ready.
Check The Area
Make sure that your outdoor grilling area is safe and by this, you will have to take a few measures. Mark the grilling area as a no play zone for your kids and only allow them to get near only if the grill has completely cooled down. Also make sure that pets are away from the grill at all times. Since it is an outdoor grill, the name itself already explains where it should only be used. It should only be outdoors at all times and never indoors.
The grilling area should also be away from objects that could catch fire and spread it easily such as the house itself, bushes, trees and shrubs. Make sure that the grill is about 10 feet away from any of those. The grill should be isolated and ideally should stand alone away from everything else in the backyard. Electric cords and outlets should also be away from the grill, having these exposed to heat can have them explode or cause fire.
When grilling, never leave it alone while the fire is still burning. Even if a long process would not have you on the food, you should still make sure that you are carefully watching the grill at all times. Also make sure that you use long utensils when grilling, not only are you more versatile while on the grill with them but you are also safer from burns you can get from the grill. Make sure you also watch what you wear.
Shirts or aprons with tails, frills and are hanging can catch fire. As much as you want to enjoy grilling, you would also want to be safe. The guidelines provided should be of great help to you.