Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Barbeque Safety Tips

When considering barbeque safety, there are several things to consider.

1. The Location Of The Grill

Be careful to choose a spot that is away from trees, brush and other overhanging structures. Imagine a flare up. Will your roof catch fire? Locate the grill well away from all flammables.

Choose a spot that is away from the main traffic flow patterns. You do not want the football game to accidently back up into your grill. Ruining your dinner and possibly burning someone or something. It would also be a good idea to be located near a garden hose.

2. Using Proper Utensils

Grill safety includes using the proper utensils to avoid burning. The barbeque utensils that you see in stores are longer than kitchen tools for a reason. You want to be able to reach into the fire, if needed, without getting burned. You will be safe if you use the proper utensils.

3. Dress Properly For The Grill

This seems a bit crazy, but it is important. You need to be sure that you are not wearing anything that is too loose or that might somehow find its way into the fire. Also, I recommend closed toe shoes. I know you wouldn't drop any of that precious barbeque, but just to be safe. . .

4. Follow Proper Lighting Procedures

Follow your manufacturers instructions for lighting your grill. Never pour lighter fluid or other flammables onto a lit grill, even if it appears not to have caught. I know you've heard this before, but confess -- I bet you've tried it. It is definitely not safe, so don't do it again!

I hope that these tips will be helpful to you. Enjoy a safe and tasty barbequing season.

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