End of Summer Barbecues - Keep it Safe
The end of summer frequently means last barbecues and your final chance to enjoy the warm weather before school starts and work ramps up again. You don't want to spoil the fun with an accident at the grill, though. Keep these important safety tips in mind when preparing for your next barbecue.
- Read the instructions.
- Whether you're using a gas grill or one that burns charcoal, take time to read the owner's manual before starting your fire.
- Be sure you are following the manufacturer's safety guidelines.
- Always grill outdoors.
- This may seem elementary, but not everyone remembers the importance of proper ventilation and basic fire precautions. Your garage, or a tent, isn't a safe location for a grill.
- Keep the grill stable. Check the surface you're placing your grill on. You don't want it to tip over unexpectedly.
- Also, take care to place it well away from the flow of people and pets, especially children.
- Clean the grill first. Scrape off any grease or fat that can make a fire difficult to control.
- Stay close by. Never leave your grill alone while you're talking, getting food, or enjoying yourself.
- Dispose of coals safely. Once you're finished, douse the hot coals thoroughly, cover the grill, and wait at least 24 hours before emptying it.
- Never store coals in paper, wood, or plastic containers.