Check Out These Great BBQ Grill Safety Tips
Our favorite time of the year is here. That’s right; grilling season is in full swing. Steaks, tasty corn on the cob, and all sorts of delicious meals are waiting to be cooked over an open flame. As much as we love this season, we love our customers even more. The team at Buchanan Fire and Outdoor in Greenville, SC take your safety seriously. Before you start firing up your favorite grill, we want to make sure you know regular fire safety tips for outdoor cooking with these BBQ Grill Safety Tips.
BBQ Grill Safety Starts by Being Prepared & Being Aware
The National Fire Protection Association estimates that over 9,000 home fires are started by grills. The peak time for grilling home fires is May through August. The dangers are real for gas grills and charcoal grills. Keeping your home safe is simple with these quick guidelines.
- Placement- Where you put your grill is a major part of grill safety. Be sure nothing is above your grill that can catch fire. Avoid placing your grill under overhangs, porch roofs, branches, or canopies. Keep your grill as safe distance from your house to prevent quick burning house fires.
- Inspect Regularly- Before you open up your gas grill for the season or even just once a month, make sure you do a thorough inspection. Check for loose fittings, gas leaks or erosion. For charcoal grills and smokers, check for stability.
- Stay Close-By and Watch Pets and Children- Never leave your grill unattended. While you’re grilling also be sure to keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from any open flames. Not only can the hurt themselves, but they can also tip over flammable materials into your grill.
- Clean-Up- While some grill masters like a little char on the grill, cleaning up after every use is a matter of fire safety. Never leave grease laying in the tray, lid, or over the grates. Greasy areas are a major fire hazard.
- Use the Right Tools- Specially made utensils are essential for grilling safely. Always use long-handled forks, tongs, and spatulas for your grill. Using ordinary kitchen utensils puts you much too close to the fire. Grease and flames can jump up and burn you or cause your hair or clothes to catch on fire.
Special Rules for Gas Grill Fire Safety
Gas grills have additional rules to keep you safe. Since you are dealing with gas, you’ll need always to be sure you have the number of your fire department ready.
Checking for Leaks in Propane Grills- It is essential that you regularly check for leaks. Here’s how.
- Spray a very gentle mix of soap and water onto the hose. Dish detergent is perfect for this job.
- Turn on your propane.
- Watch for bubbles.
- If there are no bubbles, switch the propane off, clean up your soapy solution and enjoy your grill.
- If you see any bubbles, turn it off and have your trusted professional grill expert service the grill. If leaking doesn’t stop after you’ve turned off the grill, call the fire department.
Be on the Lookout for Gas- If you smell gas at any time while you are cooking, turn off the grill completely and move as far away as possible. Call your fire department if the leak or smell continue after you’ve switched off the propane.
Special Rules for Charcoal Grill Fire Safety
Charcoal grills offer that smoky flavor you can’t resist but can be just as dangerous if not used properly. They are often most dangerous during lighting and extinguishing.
Lighting Charcoal Rules
- Be cautious when lighting charcoal. Understand which type of charcoal you are using and how to light it. Some charcoal options can be used with just a match and some newspaper; others need lighter fluid.
- When using starter fluid, only use proper charcoal starter fluid. Keep starter fluid stored high and away from the grill. When not in use, make sure all materials are placed in areas where children and pets cannot reach them.
- If you are using starter fluid, a little goes a long way. Don’t douse the charcoal in starter fluid. Put a small amount on and stand back when you light it.
Extinguishing and Disposing Charcoal Fires
- Close the lid and all vents on the lid when you are finished cooking. Cutting off oxygen will extinguish flames and embers.
- When all of the charcoal is out, you can open up your grill and allow air in to help cool it down.
- Once all of the charcoal and ashes are cool, carefully remove them. Place leftover charcoal and ash in a metal container for safe disposal.
- Never leave leftover charcoal sitting in the grill.
Always Have a Fire Extinguisher Nearby! One of the easiest BBQ Grill Safety Tips is to keep a fire extinguisher close while you’re grilling. It could be a life saver.
Buchanan Fire and Outdoor in Greenville, SC loves grilling season and outdoor cooking. However, our number one priority is serving our clients with safe grilling options. If you have any questions about grilling safety or would like to know more about grilling options, call us today at 864-834-5226.