Barbecue Safety Tips

Barbecue Safety Tips

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Regarding barbecuing, what could be more fun than whipping up sumptuous food on the grill in the company of family and friends? The thing, of course, is finding the right place for grilling and barbecuing. One favorite spot among true barbecue aficionados would be their backyard or outdoor kitchen with their brick barbecue pit. Any outdoor area is a potential spot for a barbecue, but the truth is that the best places for a barbecue are the safest.

You can choose a location for your BBQ grill away from trees, leaves, brush, and overhanging limbs. Set up your gill in a high-traffic area where someone may accidentally brush up against the hot grill.

When barbecuing in your backyard, ensure you’re 5 to 10 feet away from your house or any material that can catch fire. Also, be sure the grill is stable and is away from children or pets that may bump into it. Like a garden hose, having a water supply nearby is also a good idea.

If you live in an apartment building with a balcony, rooftop, or any other outdoor space, please get in touch with your building administrator (or, in some instances, your local fire department) about specific restrictions. Generally, using charcoal and gas grills indoors or anywhere above the first story is prohibited, so you may want to consider electric grills instead for your barbecuing efforts.

Another great place to barbecue is at a campsite. Camping is an exciting way to experience the great outdoors, and barbecuing food over a campfire is one of those practical yet cozy things you can do. You must ensure you are at least 15 feet away from your tent and other camping gear.

Protect yourself using the correct BBQ utensils, such as oven mitts, thongs, and a good spatula. Avoid wearing loose clothing while near the grill.

Always open the lid to a gas grill when lighting the fire so the gas does not build up under the cover. If the fire does not initially start, turn off the gas, leave the lid open, and wait for at least five minutes before trying again.

It is always a good idea to give your grill a checkup before using it for the first time of the season, and always store your tanks outside in an upright position where the temperature will always stay under 125 degrees.

Of course, it’s not just the atmosphere of being outdoors that can make a barbecue fun and special. It’s also in the delicious barbecue dishes you share with your loved ones. To make it all the more special, try a variety of BBQ rubs, marinades, salsas, and BBQ sauce to capture the true taste of great outdoor barbecuing.

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