Grilling Minus the Injury

by B.G. Roberts

It’s tailgate time again!

Some of us have been grilling all summer.  Others of us are just getting out the gear for fall and tailgating.  It’s always good to go over a few safety tips to keep you safe and let you enjoy your grilling injury free.

Outdoor grilling usually involves happy and enjoyable moments with friends, family or loved ones. However, most people do not realize what dangers they are exposed to when grilling outdoors.

If you think that the worst you can get from outdoor grilling are some minor burns, then you are definitely wrong. When not done safely, simple outdoor grilling can lead to severe injuries. Some of them could even be fatal, such as structure fires and large outdoor fires.

However, the chances of these unfortunate events happening are really slim. You can even lessen that chance by following outdoor grilling safety guidelines. So to keep you and the people you are with safe whenever you would be grilling outdoors, here are some guidelines that you can follow to keep you safe.

Make Sure The Grill Is Safe

Before you start lighting up a fire, you have to see to it that the grill is safe.  If you are using a gas grill,  you should first check the tank to see if there are any leaks.  Leaks in the tank are very dangerous and could react if exposed to  fire immediately.  You should check the pipe and the tank.  Remember never to do this with the use of a match or a lighter as these could cause the tank to explode.

After seeing that there are no leaks, you should also make sure that the grill is standing stably, especially if you are using one that is standing on top of four legs. Even if it isn’t, make sure that it isn’t shaky or has the possibility of toppling over. Always make sure that you only start a fire if the grill has been checked and if you are already sure that the grill itself is already safe for grilling.

Keep The Area Safe

The grilling area should be designated for grilling alone and no other purpose.

You have to make sure that the grill is far enough from objects than could catch fire easily such as paper, tall grass, shrubs, bushes, the house itself and trees.  The outdoor grill produces a lot of fire and that could spread easily if you ignore whatever is near it.

Electric wires, devices and outlets can also react when exposed to high levels of heat or smoke you also have to see to it that there are none of these near your grill.

Since the grilling area is only for grilling, you also have to make sure that the kids, pets or anyone else would not go near it while it is still hot and especially while you are still grilling. Make it clear to them that the grilling area is a “no play zone” to avoid any accidents caused by them. The grill is safe however only if it has completely cooled down.

Watch It

Whenever you are grilling, you must watch what you are doing at all times.

You should never do anything else while the fire is going  in the grill. Never leave the grill while there is fire and make sure that you do anything else that you need to do before you start grilling. Grilling is quite an intense activity, that is neglecting it can cause a lot of things none of use would expect to happen.

Be Prepared

Another very important guideline is you always have to be ready. Make sure that you have a fire extinguisher and first aid kit ready,  as well as access to a phone.

Outdoor grilling safety is not only about preventing things that could happen but also knowing what to do in case they do happen.  It’s always a good idea to have a plan.

I hope these tips are useful.  Follow them for safer times at the grill.