Grill safely this holiday weekend.
With Memorial Day weekend coming up, you may have plans to fire up the grill and cook up some hot dogs and burgers. However, before you light up your grill, it’s important to consider the fire risks. Here are some of the grilling safety tips that you should employ this holiday.
Keep Your Grill Clean
After you have finished cooking, take the time to remove grease buildup from your grill grates and the tray beneath the grill. This will prevent leftover grease from catching fire the next time you light up your grill. If you are using a charcoal grill, allow the coals to cool completely before throwing them away in a metal container.
If you are using a gas grill and your fire goes out, turn the gas off. Wait at least five minutes before turning the gas back on and attempting to relight the fire. This will allow the accumulated gas in the area to dissipate and reduce the chances of an explosion when you go to relight.
When your grill is lit, you should never leave it unattended. You should also make sure that kids and pets do not get too close while the fire is on. Finally, do not attempt to move a hot grill as this will increase your chances of burning yourself and dropping it.
Be Ready to Extinguish a Fire
Anytime you fire up the grill, you need to be ready for the possibility of a fire breaking out. This is why you should always keep a fire extinguisher within easy reach. If you do not have a fire extinguisher, keep a bucket of sand next to the grill in case you need to smother the flames. For grease fires, never use water as this will make the fire worse. To extinguish grease fires, use sand, baking powder or flour.
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