Grilling Safety Do’s
- Do remember to clean your grill regularly! It’s important that you keep your grill in the best condition you can. This is especially so if you haven’t or are not going to use it for a while. Grease and fat can build up the longer you let your grill stay dirty which will lead to major flare-ups and fires. For the proper grill cleaning method, check out our 5 Amazing Hacks To Clean Your Grill.
- Do check for gas leaks regularly. This can be simply done so with a soapy water solution. Apply it around the open propane tank valve and around the connections and hose leading to the grill. Be sure to do this only when your grill is 100% off. If you start seeing bubbles appearing at the area that you just applied the soapy solution, this means that your tank is leaking. If so, immediately close the valve, disconnect the tank from the grill and do not use that tank. Get a professional technician to fix your grill before using it for your next BBQ party.
- Do plan in advance and utilise your preparation time efficiently. This includes having to plan for what BBQ foods you’ll be grilling and the amount of time it’ll take. This way you’ll be able to spend less time in front of the heat. When grilling, be sure to keep a spray bottle of water within reach in case of a minor flare-up which you can immediately react to. Alternatively, if there’s a larger fire, it’s also important to have a fire extinguisher close by.
Grilling Safety Don’ts
- Don’t leave your BBQ grill unattended. If you had to take away one thing from this article, its this! Keep your children and pets a safe distance from the BBQ grill – not only while it’s lit, but also for an hour after you use it, as the grill will still be hot.
- Don’t overload your BBQ grill with food. Although it can be tempting to get that instagrammable shot, or you just simply want to quickly serve your guests as much food as the grill can handle, overloading your BBQ grill with fatty meats may not be the best idea. This is because if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up – turning your meal into black toast.
- Don’t wear loose clothing while grilling. Baggy or loose-fitting clothing can dangle over the grill and catch fire. Be sure to remove or tuck away clothing items like your shirt, sleeves, and apron strings.
Not only will taking these precautions ensure your safety, it’ll also ensure the safety of others while you’re at the BBQ grill!