Get Your Grill On – Top 10 Barbecue Safety Tips for July 4th
It is and American tradition -- a good ol' fashioned barbecue on the Fourth of July. But every year, grills are responsible for fires as well as thousands of injuries and burns, a third of which involve kids under five.
Don't let a burn or injury ruin your holiday. Here are the top 10 safety tips for grilling just in time for your Independence Day cookout.
Gas and charcoal grills can produce carbon monoxide and other dangerous toxins. Always operate your grill outside to prevent these harmful chemicals from entering your home.
Not everyone is an expert.. To ensure you and the safety of those you love properly read the directions on how to operate your grill.
Grilling gloves and utensils with long handles will keep your hands and arms safe when dealing with heat and flames.
Keeping your grill clean not only makes your food taste better, but reduces the risk of flare-ups. Cleaning the grill will prevent rust, buildup, and the risk of toxins being transmitted in your food!
Never leave the grill unattended when flames are still present or the grill is still hot. Keep children and pets at a safe distance away because the grill will remain hot and dangerous.
Lighting your grill with a closed lid can cause a dangerous buildup of gas.
Try to avoid lighting fluid if you can. But if you must, only use charcoal lighter fluid to start a charcoal grill.
The fuel lines of gas grills can become pinched, twisted, clogged, torn, melted or otherwise manipulated. When this happens, the risk of a fire is escalated.
If you have an electric grill or electric accessories, try to use an outdoor extension.
For a gas grill, this means turning off the burners and the fuel supply. For a charcoal grill, wait for the coals to stop burning and cool down completely.