It seems like common sense is all that you would need when outdoor grilling, yet each year over 7,000 people are injured while using backyard barbecue grills. Accidents happen, even for those of us who claim to be “grill masters”. Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe when grilling those juicy burgers…..
- Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from the house. This includes portions attached to your house like carports, garages and porches and wooden overhangs. The last thing you want is for the grill to flare up and catch fire to your home.
- Clean your grill regularly.Grease is the major cause of flare ups.
- Check for gas leaks. Mix a solution of half water and half dish soap and simply brush onto hoses and connections. Open the grill and turn on the gas. If you see bubbles forming around the connections, you have a leak. These will need to be tightened or replaced before further use.
- Keep decorations, magazines and paper plates away from the grill as these items are fuel for a fire.
- Keep a spray bottle of water handy to spray on minor flare ups. This will calm the flame and won’t ruin your dinner! NEVER spray water on a grease fire.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy and make sure you know how to use it. Many deaths occur when people try to fight a fire themselves instead of calling for help. Remember this acronym when using a fire extinguisher.
P. Pull the pin.
A. Aim at the base of the fire.
S. Squeeze the trigger.
S. Sweep from side to side.
DON’T ever turn on the gas with the barbecue lid closed. It causes gas to build up inside the grill, then when you open and light the grill a fireball can explode in your face.
DON’T leave the grill unattended. Fires double in size every minute.
DON’T overload the grill. When too much fat drips on the grill ,it can cause large flare-ups that could light nearby items on fire.
DON’T use a grill indoors ever. In addition to the fire hazard, carbon monoxide can be released killing your family and pets since it is an odorless and colorless gas.
Try this recipe……
For a delicious burger… after forming a burger, push down the center of the burger and add blue cheese crumbles and cover with burger to seal in the cheese. Next, add more cheese to the top and sprinkle with Montreal Steak seasoning and Garlic powder or season as desired. Finally, add crisp bacon and serve. Yum!