It is estimated that more than 200 million Americans will enjoy a barbeque or outside picnic this July 4th. This kind of patriotic fervor is admirable and harkens back to similar celebrations that included ox roasts that began just a year after the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. This year perhaps 150 million wieners will be grilled on Independence Day, along with burgers, ribs, corn, chicken and more. This is all very tasty. Unfortunately, it can also be potentially dangerous. Every year more than 15,000 Americans wind up in emergency rooms as a result of barbeque-related injuries. With the grilling season fully underway and July 4th at hand, WellWell is ready to help everyone stay sound with a collection of barbeque safety tips. Read on.
It may sound obvious, but barbecue grills should never be used inside, in a garage or even under an overhanging outside roof. Also, make sure that any combustible material is away from the grill and not hanging above it, like tree or bush branches for example.
Minor flare-ups can happen, which is why it is wise to have a spray bottle of water nearby to extinguish any minor flames. Of note, since the bottle contains water, it won’t harm or alter the taste of the food being grilled.
An unattended grill is a time bomb. Fires can spring up without warning and can double in size every 30 seconds. Even a brief lapse can result in a big burning problem.
Always check for propane leaks at the beginning of a barbecue season, especially if the grill hasn’t been used in weeks or months. Checking is easy. Rub a little lightly soaped water on the propane hose, turn the gas on and look for bubbles. It is also good to take a sniff around the grill for leaks.
A grill full of food looks great but it can lead to fires if too much fat is generated, and it starts dripping onto the flames. Cook in small batches, especially if fatty foods are involved.
Clean the grill every time it is used. It helps eliminate grease build-up and clogged lines that can lead to fires. It also makes food taste better.
This has to make sense. Make sure any grill is set up on a flat and stable surface. This will help prevent a grill from flipping over, ruining the food and potentially starting a fire.
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