4 Tips For Safe Grilling This Summer

There’s nothing like spending a warm summer night on the patio grilling for family and friends while taking in the sunset. But that wonderful evening can get derailed fast if a grill fire breaks out. So, to be sure you don’t harm anyone or cause damage to your deck or home this summer, here are four tips to ensure a season of safe grilling.

1.Clean your grill

If your grill has been sitting unused all winter, it’s likely there is debris and old food sitting in the bottom. It’s good practice to get in the habit of cleaning your grill after every use so that baked-on food or dried up grease doesn’t get re-heated and cause a fire.

2. Read the owner’s manual

It may seem unnecessary to read through the entire manual, but every grill comes with specific safety tips you should be aware of. Whether you have gas, electric or a charcoal grill, each type is different and making yourself well-versed in how they run, can prevent any problems down the road.

3. Cool coals before disposing

If you’re using a charcoal grill, it’s important to make sure your coals are completely cooled before you dispose of them in the trash. But how will you know if they’re cool? There’s no hard and fast rule, but your best option is to let them cool overnight and then toss them. Doing so will prevent any fires in your trash can.

4. Keep a safe barrier around your grill

It may seem like common sense to keep children and pets away from your grill, but a hot grill looks no warmer than a grill that’s not in use. If you plan on making several trips in and outside while cooking, it might be best to keep the kids inside until you’re done, or make sure someone has an eye on them at all times. And it’s always safe practice to keep your grill at least 30 feet away from your home in case a fire does break out. This way you’ll have enough time to contain it.

A lot of these techniques seem obvious and a no-brainer, but when the bustle of a summer party or a family dinner gets underway, it can be easy to forget about the safety of your grill and the people around you. So, take the time to prepare and enjoy the summer grilling season!