Barbecue Safety Tips You Should Know
According to a recent study, the average homeowner pays more attention to kitchen stove safety than they do barbecue safety. But the fact is, a barbecue mishap can be just as devastating. So it pays to know the latest safety tips.
- Keep barbecues at least 8 feet away from your house.
- Check for venture tube blockages regularly (spiders are notorious for spinning webs in there).
- Clean the grill frequently to prevent flare-ups. A grease fire on the grill can continue burning even after you’ve turned the barbecue off.
- Don’t position your barbecue close to foliage, such as under a tree or next to shrubs.
- Never barbecue in an enclosed area, such as a garage, even if the space is well ventilated.
- Avoid leaving the grill unattended, especially when cooking greasy foods such as sausages, beef burgers or steaks.
- Do not let children barbecue.
Finally, make sure your barbecue is turned completely off after use. It’s a good idea to double-check this when making the rounds and locking up your home for the night.
Experts say you should treat a barbecue as you would a campfire — with care.