Thursday, May 27, 2010
Firing up the Grill? Keep these Safety Tips in Mind
If you haven’t used your grill in a while, give it a good spring cleaning. Scour the grate with a wire brush. Save future cleaning time by using a nonstick cooking spray to prevent food from sticking to the grill.
Before using your grill for the first time this season, go online to check whether your grill has been recalled due to any dangerous defects.
Position the grill in a well-ventilated, flat and level surface away from your house, overhangs, deck railings, tree branches, shrubbery and anything that can burn. Never use a grill indoors.
Never leave a grill unattended – even for a minute – and supervise children and pets around the grill: declare three-foot “kid-free zone” around the grilling area.
Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled-up sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle over the grill and catch fire.
For Gas Grills:
Before grilling, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for checking the connection to the cylinder. An easy way to do this is to tighten the connection, turn on the cylinder and then apply a soapy water solution around the connection. If bubbles appear, the connection is leaking. Turn the cylinder off, reconnect the cylinder and check again.
Check grill hoses for cracking, corrosion, brittleness, holes and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.
If repairs are needed, do not attempt to do them yourself. Enlist a professional.
Always keep propane gas containers upright.
Always open the lid of a grill before igniting it.
Regularly remove grease and fat buildup in trays below the grill so it cannot be ignited by a hot grill.
If you smell gas, turn the grill off immediately and do not use it until it is repaired.
Do not store tanks or other flammable materials near a grill, indoors or in a heated area such as a vehicle trunk. Propane tanks need to be stored in well-ventilated areas.
For Charcoal Grills:
Use the proper starter fluid and store the can out of reach of children and away from heat sources.