Grilling Safety

More than 3 billion barbecues are lit each year. Barbecuing can be fun, fast, and delicious, but also dangerous or even deadly if you are not careful. The Insurance Information Institute offers the following tips to make sure that your grilling experience is a safe and enjoyable one:

When you get ready to barbecue, it is important to protect yourself by wearing a heavy apron and an oven mitt that fits high up over your forearm.

With gas grills, make sure the gas cylinder is always stored outside and away form your house. Make sure the valves are turned when you are not using them. And, check regularly for leaks in the connections using a soap and water mix that will show bubbles where the gas escapes.

Barbecue grills should be kept on a level surface away from the house, garage, landscaping, and most of all, children.

For charcoal grills, only use starter fluids designed for those grills. Never use gasoline! And use a limited amount of starter fluid. If the fire is too slow, rekindle with dry kindling and add more charcoal if necessary, but don’t ever add liquid fuel to re-ignite or build up a fire or you could end up with a flash fire.

Finally, be sure to soak the coals with water before you put them in the trash.  Always remember that grills remain hot long after you are through barbecuing.

In case of an emergency:

If you do get burned, you need to run cool water over the burn for 10 – 15 minutes. You never want to put butter or a salve on burns because they will seal in the heat and just cause further damage to your skin. And, of course, if you receive a serious burn, the sooner you get some medical attention the better.


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