How to be a Safe Grill Master

Are you itching to pull the cover off your grill and fire it up now that the warm weather is here? Before you warm up those coals, keep these safety tips in mind before barbequing.

  • Propane and charcoal grills must only be used outdoors. If used inside, deadly carbon dioxide gas may build up.
  • The grill should be placed away from home and deck railings. It shouldn’t be under leaves and branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill.
  • Keep your grill clean. Remove grease or fat buildup by cleaning with a grill brush.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open when you light the grill.
  • Keep your grill stable. Be sure all parts are firmly in place and that the grill can’t be tipped over.
  • Use long-handled utensils to help you avoid burns and splatters.
  • Wear safe clothing. Don’t wear clothing with hanging shirttails, frills, or apron strings that can catch fire.
  • Use a flame-retardant mitt when adjusting hot vents.
  • Be ready to put out flames. Use baking soda to control a grease fire and have a fire extinguisher handy. If you don’t have one, keep a bucket of sand or a garden hose nearby.
  • Don’t move a hot grill. It’s easy to stumble or drop it, and serious burns could result.

Molly Kimball, RD, CSSD discusses how toppings and condiments can make or break a grilled burger or sandwich in this video.