What You Need To Know About Safe Grilling
Mmmm there’s nothing like the smell of burgers and hot dogs on the grill! In fact, outdoor cookouts are arguably the greatest perk of summer. You want to be known for the awesome music and fantastic grub you cook up, right? Well then be sure to follow the tips below to ensure safe grilling- otherwise, your festivity could be memorable for all the wrong reasons.
Charcoal grills are a favorite among many. The following tips were compiled with the help of The Health, Patio and Barbeque Association, and serve as a means to help you cook with care.
- Keep charcoal fluid away from children and any form of heat source
- Never add charcoal fluid (or any other fluid for that matter) directly to the fire
- After using charcoal fluid, cap the product immediately
- Never use gasoline or kerosene as starter fluid, as they will explode
- Refrain from using an electric starter in the rain, or while standing on wet ground
- Allow coals to completely burn out prior to disposing them (typically, 48 hours is a good rule of thumb)
- Dispose of cold ashes by wrapping in heavy-duty aluminum foil and placing in a non-combustible container. Be sure no other combustible materials are nearby.
For those of you that enjoy the ease of propane grills, cylinders are the most important aspect to keep an eye on. The list below is brought to you by your trusted Miller’s agents as well as Mighty Flame Propane and Cylinder Exchange.
- Propane grills are meant to be used in open, well ventilated areas. Refrain from attempting to grill in your home or garage.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and be sure to keep the instructions in a familiar place for easy access.
- Keep a close eye on the cylinder valves. Never allow children to tamper with them, or the grill in general.
- Do not smoke while handling the propane cylinder
- Always use, transport, and store cylinders in an upright, vertical position with the cylinder valve turned off.
Regardless of the grill you’re working with, it’s always a good idea to keep a safe distance between the grill and your home, apartment, fence, deck, etc. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing, and use long-handled utensils. As always, exercise precaution by keeping a fire extinguisher and safety equipment nearby. For more information about how to stay safe this season, contact a Miller’s Insurance agent today.