Grilling out is one of America’s favorite pastimes. According to a study by The Hearth, Patio, & Barbecue Association, “seven in 10 U.S. adults own a grill or smoker, and in Canada, ownership is 8 in 10; more than a third (35%) of U.S. adults plan[ned] to purchase a new grill or smoker in 2017.” However, backyard barbecuing’s popularity is exceeded only by its potential for danger. The National Fire Protection Associationreported, “In 2014-2018, grills, hibachis, or barbecues were involved in an average of 10,600 home fires per year, including an average of 4,900 structure fires and 5,700 outside or unclassified fires. These fires caused annual averages of 10 civilian deaths, 160 reported civilian injuries, and $149 million in direct property damage. Almost all the losses resulted from structure fires.”
Grilling picked up during the lockdown, and with the shelter-in-place orders expiring, folks are looking forward to getting with friends and enjoying social activities together in the warm summer weather. Here are some tips to make sure the most memorable parts of your outdoor entertaining are the food and the company:
Keep the grill ten feet away from any structures like your house, garage, or sheds. Be cognizant of what you’re wearing while grilling. Avoid things like long sleeves and dangling apron strings.
Read your individual grill’s instruction manual thoroughly before using for the first time and check for any gas leaks before each and every use.
Make sure the lid of your grill is open when you try to light it.
Clean your grill regularly, as build-ups of grease and rust can damage the grill and pose significant fire hazards.
Keep a spray water bottle and fire extinguisher within reach should the flames get out of hand.
Check to see that your grill is resting on a flat and level surface.
Maintain a cooking temperature on your grill of 600 degrees or less.
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