One of the great joys of warm weather is the opportunity to cook outside on a barbeque grill. Grill safety, however, is sometimes an after thought often resulting in accidents. Improving the safety of barbeque grills should be a priority of any outdoor cook.
Whether cooking on a gas or charcoal grill, there is something fundamentally satisfying about open air cooking. That feeling of joy can turn to pain and despair if a grill accident results in someone being hurt. We have to remember that a lit grill is a hazardous instrument if safety is ignored.
The list below outlines rules that should be followed to improve the safety of barbeque grills.
- You must have a clean grill! Clean with an oiled paper towel or cloth.
- For a charcoal grill use a chimney starter.
- Be sure the vents are open.
- Use a grill basket for whole fish, fish steaks or fillets.
- Use basting brushes made of natural materials, avoid synthetics.
- Use long handles tongs and spatulas.
- Keep a spray bottle near by to put down flare ups.
- When checking meat to determine if done use an instant read thermometer.
- Clean the grate with a wire brush.
- Keep the grill away from the house.
- Open the lid before lighting a gas grill.
- Store propane outside, not in direct sunlight.
- Never add lighter fluid to a lit fire.
- Never use a grill that is not steady.
- Never use cooking sprays around a lit grill.
- Use cooking gloves to prevent burns.
- Be mindful of children and pets.
- Start cooking with a hot surface. Preheating the grill will prevent your food from sticking.
Just always remember to consider "Safety First" then fun!