Improving the Safety of Barbecue Grills

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.

  1. You must have a clean grill! Clean with an oiled paper towel or cloth.
  2. For a charcoal grill use a chimney starter.
  3. Be sure the vents are open.
  4. Use a grill basket for whole fish, fish steaks or fillets.
  5. Use basting brushes made of natural materials, avoid synthetics.
  6. Use long handles tongs and spatulas.
  7. Keep a spray bottle near by to put down flare ups.
  8. When checking meat to determine if done use an instant read thermometer.
  9. Clean the grate with a wire brush.
  10. Keep the grill away from the house.
  11. Open the lid before lighting a gas grill.
  12. Store propane outside, not in direct sunlight.
  13. Never add lighter fluid to a lit fire.
  14. Never use a grill that is not steady.
  15. Never use cooking sprays around a lit grill.
  16. Use cooking gloves to prevent burns.
  17. Be mindful of children and pets.
  18. Start cooking with a hot surface. Preheating the grill will prevent your food from sticking.

Just always remember to consider "Safety First" then fun!