With Memorial Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to fire up the grill and enjoy the warm weather with family and friends. However, it’s important to remember that grilling can be dangerous when proper safety precautions are not taken.
So, just in time for the holiday, here are some tips to keep you and your loved ones safe while grilling:
- Keep a Safe Distance: When grilling, make sure to keep the grill at least 10 feet away from any structures to avoid the risk of fire. Also, teach children to keep a safe distance from the grill at all times. Be sure pets are kept indoors or can be watched when near the grill.
- Use Proper Tools: Using the proper grilling tools can help prevent burns and other injuries. Long-handled utensils and grill gloves are important accessories that will help protect your hands and arms. And never use your hands to move hot grates or coals!
- Clean Your Grill: Make sure to clean your grill grates before and after each use to avoid any unwanted flare-ups or fires due to grease buildup.
- Be Prepared for Emergencies: Have a fire extinguisher on hand, just in case. If you are unsure your fire extinguisher is in proper order, learn more about scheduling an appointment for inspection or maintenance here.
In addition, never leave a lit grill unattended. Always have someone keeping an eye on it in case something goes wrong.
By following these safety tips, you can enjoy delicious grilled food and have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend with loved ones. Don’t forget to keep up with regular maintenance of your grill to keep it in top shape and to replace it if needed. Be sure you have a fire extinguisher on hand in case of emergency and happy cooking!