Cooking Out, Grilling or BBQ’ing; whatever you call it…be safe at it!

May 12th, 2011 at 4:09 pm by under 10 On Your Side

 With Memorial Day around the corner and summer fast approaching, many will be firing up the grill for the first time since last summer. Cooking out? Grilling? BBQing? Propane? Charcoal? No matter the choice, let’s be safe out there. The National Fire and Protection Association (NFPA) reports that fire departments responded to an average of 7,700 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues in 2004–2008.  Some reminders-

  For both charcoal and gas grills

  • Use only outdoors.
  • Do not wear loose-fitting clothes or jewelry.
  • Tie long hair back away from flames.
  • Know how to get a flare up under control quickly. Keeping a fire extinguisher handy would be a good idea.
  • Clean your grill regularly. It only takes a few cookouts for the grease from the meats being cooked to build up in the bottom of the grill.
  • Place a safe distance from your house, garage, any over-hangs and trees. Your grill’s manual will probably have a minimum distance recommendation.
  • Keep pets and children away from grill.
  • Never leave grill unattended.


Charcoal grills

  • Never use in an enclosed area. Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced when the charcoal is burned. CO is an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas that can be toxic when breathing high quantities of it.
  • Extinguish hot coals properly! Douse them with water while stirring to make sure all briquettes are covered.
  • Never dispose of coals if they are still hot. 
  • Be careful lighting the charcoal. Use an approved charcoal lighter fluid to start the fire. Never use gas or kerosene!

 Gas grills

  • Inspect your propane tank and hoses for leaks, cracks, corrosion and blockages. 
  • Do not attempt to repair a leaky gas valve yourself.
  • Do not throw damaged/empty propane tanks in the trash! Please find a local authority that can properly dispose of it.
  • Keep propane tanks far enough from the grill so that hot grease will not drip on the hoses, melting them while grilling. Most grills come with a space underneath the grill for storage.
  • Keep all flammable materials and liquids away from the gas grill.
  • Always shut off valve to propane tanks when not in use.

Like I said, the above are just a few reminders. Feel free to add more!

Now, back to my original question….what do you call it? Cooking Out, grilling or BBQ?

2 Responses to “Cooking Out, Grilling or BBQ’ing; whatever you call it…be safe at it!”

  1. Jim Wakefield says:

    Smoking low and slow. chicken, ribs, brisket, or pork. A good rub and some good bbq sauce………what else do you need?

  2. Jim Wakefield says:

    I do KCBS BBQ cookoffs. The picture is of one of my competition ribs.

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