6 Tips For Backyard BBQ Safety
With a yearly average of 7,000 people being injured by their backyard grills and the season of outdoor festivities in full swing, we thought we would share 6 ways to ensure your backyard summer dreams don’t go up in smoke.
1. Keep decorations away from your grill.
Decorations like hanging baskets, pillows and umbrellas look pretty but they provide rapid fuel for a fire. To make matters worse, today’s decor is mostly made of artificial fibers that burn fast and hot, making this tip even more important.
2. Keep a spray bottle of water handy.
That way, if you have a minor flare-up you can spray it with the water to instantly calm it. The bonus of this tip is that water won’t harm your food, so dinner won’t be ruined!
3. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house.
Farther is even better. This includes portions attached to your house like carports, garages and porches. Grills should not be used underneath wooden overhangs either, as the fire could flare up into the structure above. This applies to both charcoal and gas grills.
4. Clean your grill regularly.
If you allow grease and fat to build up on your grill, they provide more fuel for a fire. Grease is a major source of flare ups.
5. Check for gas leaks.
You can make sure no gas is leaking from your gas grill by making a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and rubbing it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on (with the grill lid open.) If the soap forms large bubbles, that’s a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough.
6. Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill.
And be comfortable using it. If you are unsure how to use the extinguisher, don’t waste time fiddling with it before calling 911. Firefighters say many fire deaths occur when people try to fight a fire themselves instead of calling for expert help and letting the fire department do its job.
Let us know in the comments if you have special grill safety tips that you adhere to and feel free to show off your favorite BBQ recipe!
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