Fire Up the Grill: 10 safety tips for your next BBQ
- Keep young children and animals at least 10 feet away from the grill.
- Grill with the lid on to keep the fire contained – it also helps the meat cook faster and retain that smoky flavor grilling gives.
- Use long tongs. They let you handle the meat without having to put your hands near the heat, risking burns.
- When you’re done grilling, close the vents on the lid and base of the grill to put the fire out.
- Make sure your coals are completely cool before disposing of them.
- Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergency. You likely won’t need it, but if you do, you’ll be happy to have it!
- The easiest way to put out a flare up is to close the lid.
- Always use different tongs to handle raw food and cooked food to prevent cross-contamination.
- Keep your grill clean. Greasy buildup can be a fire hazard.
- Wear sunscreen and drink lots of water to avoid sunburn and dehydration while cooking out doors.