Be sure to follow these grill safety tips
Summer time is coming to the Delaware Valley, and if you are one of the millions who loves to grill outside, now is your time of year! Is there anything better than the smell of foods cooking on the grill? Whether you love a juicy porterhouse steak or a hamburger seared to perfection, the grill is the way to cook it. The grill is great for vegetables too! Have you ever made grilled corn on the cob? Or a grilled vegetable skewer? There are so many delicious options for cooking on an outdoor grill!
Before you fire up your grill this summer, be sure to take a few moments to refresh yourself on grill safety tips. Grilling can have some serious hazards if you do not follow the basic rules of safety.
- Outdoors only! You should never use a grill indoors!
- Keep kids and pets at a safe distance and never leave the grill unattended.
- Check all hose connections between the propane tank and the grill. Make sure they are secure.
- Inspect the area around your grill. It should be far away from your home, and also away from eaves, branches, plants, railings, and anything else that could catch fire.
- Reduce fire risk by cleaning up grease from the grills. Make sure to clean the trays that rest beneath the grill too.
- Once you’ve preheated the grill, be careful when you open the lid. The air coming off the grill will be very hot!
- If you smell gas while cooking, turn off the gas tank and the burners—you could have leak. If the smell continues, call the fire department.
- If you are using starter fluid on a charcoal grill, be sure to keep it out of reach of children.
- Never add any charcoal fluid or any flammable liquids to the fire.
- Allow charcoals to cool completely before discarding them. Discard them in a metal container
With these safety tips, you should be able to enjoy your barbecues this summer. And while you are at it, why not try something new this year? Hot dogs and hamburgers are terrific, but there are tons of other things you can put on the grill. From corn on the cob and barbecue chicken to zucchini spears or grilled peaches, there are so many things you can grill! So this summer, keep the heat out of your kitchen and enjoy all that outdoor cooking has to offer.