5 Summer Barbecue Safety Tips
Summer is nearly here, and that means it’s time for barbecues! Having a barbecue is a great way to spend time with family and friends while enjoying great food. However, it’s important to keep in mind that grilling — especially with a gas grill — can be dangerous if you’re not careful.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 9,600 home fires are caused by grilling each year — and May is the second highest month of incidence, after July. The leading causes? A failure to clean, having the grill too close to flammable items and leaving the grill unattended.
Be sure to keep these five summer barbecue safety tips in mind:
- Whether you have a propane or charcoal grill, clean it before every use to prevent grease and fat from building up from the grills and in the trays below.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill.
- Never leave the grill unattended while cooking. If you need to go into the house, turn the grill off until you return.
- Keep dishtowels and food packaging away from the grill. They could easily ignite and start a fire. Similarly, the grill should be placed well away from your house and deck railings and not be directly under eaves or overhanging branches.
- Only use barbecue grills outdoors.
Click for more grilling safety tips before you break out the tongs! Then enjoy some great, safe summer barbecues.