Summer has arrived and all we can think about is cracking open a few cool ones and slapping on favorite cuts on the grill. Whilst the thought of hosting the ultimate pre-football party or family barbecue sounds eventful it’s essential that you and those around you stay safe.
We’ve partnered with The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to allow you to grill safely this summer with these BBQ tips:
1. CREATE A SAFE GRILL PLACEMENT ZONE
Keep your grill away from the house and ideally off any decking areas. If you’re tailgating, make sure your grill is about five feet from your vehicle.
You should also make sure any children and pets are kept well away from the grill, as fat and fuel can spit at times. It also reduces the risk of the grill getting knocked over.
It may seem obvious to look around where you set your grill, but you might forget to look up. Low hanging branches—particularly in summer—can catch fire incredibly easily, leading to a much bigger fire. Similarly, awnings and overhead tailgates can be damaged by heat and smoke and can even trap noxious fumes, so make sure you keep an eye on what’s up.
2. GET YOUR GRILL IN ORDER
Give the grill a good scrub before you light it as it will minimize the risk of fire make your cooking station much more hygienic.
If you’re using a gas grill, it’s crucial you pay attention to your hoses and connectors. Over time, hoses can degrade and become damaged, leading to leaks. Just one slow leak can lead to dangerous build-ups or could catch fire itself.
Make sure you check your hose for leaks by mixing up a solution of soap and water, and coating the hose in the suds. If you see bubbles coming from anywhere along the hose, you can guarantee there’s a leak. If that’s the case, you should either replace the connector or the hose (whichever shows the leak) before you begin cooking.
Finally, open your gas grill’s lid before you light it. Dangerous amounts of gas can build up under the lid which could lead to a powerful explosion if a spark or flame is introduced.
3. CHOOSE THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB
Invest in BBQ grill kit as long handled tools and ditch your favorite kitchen cutlery, as they will keep you at a safe distance from the flame and reduce the risk of a fire.
4. KEEP YOUR FLAME OUTSIDE.
Never grill indoors – deadly amounts of carbon monoxide will build up and can kill you at a frightening speed.
5. TAKE OUT THE TRASH
Bring a disposable metal container or two (aluminum turkey trays are perfect for this) to dump your ash and waste coals into. Once the contents have cooled, you can then soak it with water and dispose of it all in a METAL trashcan.