Cookouts are a fun and iconic summer activity and they provide amazing food as well! However, when using a grill there is an open flame. When used incorrectly or when there is damage to the grill, there is great risk of bodily injury or property damage. Use these tips to keep your cookout safe and yummy!
The location of grill is a very important piece of the puzzle. As a rule, try to keep it 10 feet away from any structure. This includes your house, railings, your deck, and even your shed or garage. Don’t place it under the eaves of your house or under tree branches.
Keep it in an area where children and pets will not be able to access it. This will prevent curious little hands from getting burned!
Grease buildup on or below your grill can be a fire hazard. Be sure to clean your grill regularly.
Fire can grow quickly, so try not to leave your grill unattended. Have a friend come with you to keep you company while you cook dinner!
Store lighter fluid out of reach of children and pets.
If you are using a charcoal grill, be sure to allow the coals time to completely cool before throwing them out.
If you are using a propane grill, always check the lines for leaks before turning the grill on. I good way to check for tiny leaks is by putting a little bit of soapy water on the pipe. If there is a propane leak, you will be able to see bubbles form. If you do find a leak, do not use the grill. Get it professionally serviced before turning it on again.
If your flame burns out while you are cooking, check your grill’s manual before relighting it. With most grills there are specific procedures you must follow to relight your grill safely.