Grilling DON’Ts to Stay Safe This Summer

Lighting up the grill can be a fun and easy way to spend the afternoon – especially in the summer. Avoid these mistakes to make grilling even better!

DON’T – Light your gas grill while it’s closed.

While a gas grill can be a faster and easier start than a charcoal one, it is never a good idea to try and start a gas grill with the lid closed. Closing the lid while starting the grill can cause a buildup of gas, which can lead to a fireball when lighting. The best way to light your gas grill is to open the lid, turn on the gas, and then use the ignition instrument – whatever that may be – to light one burner at a time. Only after those steps are taken is it safe to close the grill’s lid.

DON’T – Neglect checking up on your grill.

Before you start grilling regularly in the spring and summer (or whenever you grill if you use your pit year-round), be sure to check that your grill is functioning properly without any damage or buildup from old meals. Be sure to check for leftover charcoal and soot in charcoal grills and leaks in gas grills.

DON’T – Grill too close to your home.

Remember to always keep a safe distance away from your home and other backyard fixtures when lighting up your grill. Try to stay at least 5-10 feet away from any structure that is easily flammable. If you’re grilling on a deck or patio, place a rubber mat under your grill to make sure grease and other spill-overs from the grill don’t damage your home. Wood decks can easily become a fire hazard if the correct safety precautions are not taken.

DON’T – Use a propane tank without knowing its levels.

We all know it’s a bummer to run out of propane in the middle of a barbecue. But did you know that using a propane tank without checking its’ levels and usablility can also be dangerous? Follow safety laws to ensure you’re using the correct propane tank. Here are a few to remember:

1. Never use a propane tank that is over 12 years old
2. Check your propane tank before taking it to be refilled. Damaged tanks should be replaced, not repaired.

DON’T – Use the wrong grilling tools.

Always be sure to use long handled, metal grilling tools to avoid burning yourself or melting your kitchen utensils. A spatula and a pair of tongs should be just about all you need to turn your food and retrieve it from the grill. Using a plastic spatula designed for indoor cooking could cause plastic to melt to your grill, smelling and potentially sticking around for longer than you’d like.

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