Maybe it’s the sun on your face or the cool wind blowing, but there’s something so enjoyable about eating outside. And with summer now in full swing, you can barbecue in your backyard until your heart (and stomach) is content! But while we all love the sights, sounds, and smells of a cookout, it’s important to remember that barbecues are a cooking tool, just like an oven or stovetop and need to be handled with care.
At Mr. Appliance, we want to not only keep you grilling all summer long, we want to keep you grilling safely!
Before Using Your Grill
- Clean your grill with a scrub brush to get rid of any excess food or debris that made its way onto your grate.
- Check the connecting points between your gas or propane tank and the burners. If there’s a loose connection, tighten it.
- Make sure your grill is sitting on a flat plane and can’t easily be tipped over.
- Clean out your grease trap and line it with aluminum foil — this will make it easier to clean in the future.
- If this is the first time you’re turning on your grill this season, give it a test run. Turn on your grill and let it run for a few minutes before putting food on it. If there are any leaks, it’s not ready for cooking just yet.
While Using Your Grill
- Never use a grill in your garage, shed, or enclosed area.
- Keep your grill at least 10 feet from your home (though even farther is better).
- Routinely check for gas leaks.
- Keep a spray bottle filled with water nearby.
- Keep a fire extinguisher a few feet from your grill.
- Never turn the gas on while the lid is closed.
- Fires can double in size in just a minute, so you should never leave your grill unattended while it’s on.
- Never let children or pets play near a grill while it’s on.
- Be aware of your clothing. Clothes can easily catch fire so it’s best to roll up your sleeves, tie back apron strings, and tuck in your shirt.
After Using Your Grill
- Break out your scrub brush again because it’s time to clean your grill grate once more. Pay special attention to getting any grease or fat buildup off.
- Remember to protect your grill by storing it under a grill cover, even if the weather is going to be nice for the next few days.