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Safety Tips for Summer Barbecues- Family Safe Grilling

Posted on Jun 29, 2009 by Maggie LaBarbera

You got the grill pulled out and are ready to start barbecuing. A fun family way to cook and eat together enjoying the wonderful summer weather.But don't forget these safety tips to keep the kids and family safe:Before you start to grill - check and clean the grill

  • Make sure the burner tubes are not blocked. Insects often make this their home during winter! Clear blockage and push it through to the main part of the burner.
  • Check for cracked or brittle gas tubes. Check for sharp bends in the tubes.
  • Move the hoses far away from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease.
  • Keep the drip tray or can clean and free of debris
  • Check for leaks; always follow manufacturer's instructions if you smell gas or when you reconnect the grill to the LP gas container.
  • If you find a leak, immediately turn off the gas. Don't attempt to light the grill until the leak is fixed.
  • Keep lighted cigarettes, matches, and open flames away from a leaking grill.
  • Do not attempt to repair the tank valve or the appliance yourself, always use the services of a qualified appliance repair person.
Now you are ready to barbecue:
  • Keep grills at least 10 feet away from the house or any building.
  • Do not use the grill in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or under a surface that can catch fire.
  • When charcoal grilling, never use lighter fluid after the fire has started. Only use fluid to soak briquettes before starting the grill.
When you are barbecuing:
  • Use long-handled tools and long barbecue mitts to prevent burns.
  • Never use water to put out a fire on a gas grill.
  • In case of flare up, turn burners off (in gas grilling). Gas or Charcoal, move food off of fire.




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