The weather is warming, and it will soon be time to host family, friends, and neighbors for a backyard cookout. Before you plan an event, familiarize yourself with these tips to improve grill safety. By being cautious, you can prevent accidents and guarantee a good time for your guests.

The Best Location for Grill Safety

When setting up the grill, make sure it is at least 15 feet from the house and any outbuildings or structures on your property. Never grill beneath overhanging trees, a canopy or awning, or on an enclosed porch. Install the grill on a stable, level surface that is fire-resistant.

Keep the Grill Clean

To improve safety, clean your grill before using it for the season and after each use. Baked-on food particles and grease are flammable and may ignite while using the grill. Keep the grates clean to prevent flare-ups and to make grilled foods taste better.

Grill Safety and Children

When young children are present, talk to them about the importance of keeping a safe distance from the grill. Explain to kids that grill that neither the grill nor the grilling utensils are toys. When using the grill, have another adult watch the children and pets.

Check for Fuel Leaks

Another critical step to improve safety before using the grill is to check the houses and connections for leaks. Use a solution of soapy water to coat the hoses and connectors. Turn on the gas. If you see bubbles, they indicate a leak in the hose. Replace faulty or damaged parts before using the grill.

Don’t Leave the Grill Unattended

Keeping tools and utensils within reach can help you avoid leaving the grill unattended and prevent accidents. Have tools, such as spatulas, tongs, basting brushes, and thermometers, easily accessible, so you don’t have to leave the grill area while cooking. If you need to step away, have another adult watch the food until you return.

Food Prep Safety

Anytime you prepare food, it’s important to keep raw meat separate from the rest of your ingredients. Use an independent cutting board and utensils when handling uncooked poultry, beef, pork, or fish. Use a meat thermometer to verify the meat has reached a safe temperature. Cooking food thoroughly is essential to prevent foodborne illness.

Grilling is a popular outdoor activity during spring and summer. Whether you’re a grilling pro or just beginning to develop barbeque skills, it’s essential to be safe when cooking out. Use these tips for grill safety to ensure a fun and stress-free grilling experience.

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