Barbecue : 10 Things You Must Consider To Avoid Accidents

by admin on October 30, 2013 · 9 comments

BBQ Safety Tips


The act of flipping a row of sizzling burgers on a barbeque grill is one of the summer’s simple pleasures. After all, who does not enjoy calling people over to showcase culinary talents on the grill? As barbeques are often operated in a casual, relaxed atmosphere, most people take it for granted. However, it is important to be aware of the inherent risks that come with barbequing, especially when children are involved. So, before you fire up the pit, take a look at these tips to keep you and your backyard safe.

Check equipment before using-

One of the easiest ways to avoid an accident is by inspecting your grill prior to use. Make sure your grill is functioning properly and there are not cracks or tears in the tubing that may cause leaks. In case of gas cylinders, it would be best to store gas cylinders outside and away from the house, if possible.

Place the barbeque grill carefully at the right location-

Make sure your barbeque site is flat and away from fences, trees and sheds. Grills left too close to the patio create an opportunity for an unwanted accident. For condos or apartments with balconies, it is always safer to move the grilling process in to the available lawn place. Never grill inside your home, even if it is raining.

Keep the grill away from heavy foot traffic. It is highly recommended to keep children and pets away from the grill.

Keep fire extinguisher by your side-

With the little cookout in your backyard, you are inviting the most destructive force- fire. The first thing that you need is a fire extinguisher. You should be aware of basic things like, how to cut fuel supplies, control and extinguish fire and call the fire department.

Stay out of the wind-

Never operate your barbeque grill in high winds. This increases the risk of flames spreading to the nearby structures around your house.

Safety tips for charcoal grills-

If you are using charcoal grill, make sure you only use starter fluid designed for the grill. Do not use gasoline as it will explode. Use only approved charcoal lighter fluid. You should never spray lighter fluid directly onto a fire. Instead, start with a small amount and then monitor the grill at all times to avoid overheating. Cover the starter fluid with a cap immediately after using it. Make sure you keep it at a distance from the grill.

Cook food properly-

Uncooked food or improperly cooked food can also cause food poisoning. Invest in an instant-read thermometer. Make sure meat and poultry are cooked to the proper temperatures.

Wear proper clothing-

As much as we relish the smell and flavor of smoke in our food, you need to be careful with smoke. Smoke can get into our hair, clothes and eyes. Wear well-fitted clothes to avoid the risk of catching fire. Use long handled tongs and brushes to keep you at a safer distance from the heat.

Food safety tips-

Another major accident you should be careful about while using barbeque is food poisoning. Meat, fish, vegetable or any other food carry the risk of getting contaminated by bacteria and other germs. Slight change in temperature can cause bacteria to proliferate in the food material. Therefore, keep the food in refrigerator until you are cooking it on the grill. Also, while handling veggies and meat make sure your hands and equipment are clean.

Gas grill safety tips-

Propane gas grills are quite popular among barbeque lovers. However, there is a high risk of fire involved with it. Any obstruction in the path of the fuel can cause fire in gas grill. Inspect your gas grill regularly for any signs of bugs, cracks or leaks. If you notice anything, turn off the fuel tank and disconnect everything. Read the instructions manual in detail before operating your grill.

Wind off everything properly-

Once you are done with your outdoor cooking, it is time to close up shop. Before you begin covering your grill, make sure it has completely cooled down. Double check all the valves to make sure they have been turned off. Make sure to soak coals before disposing them off. Gas cylinders and starter fluid lighter should be placed in a safe place.

The above mentioned ten tips will help in staying safe while cooking outdoors.

Author Bio:

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