Safe Grilling for Memorial Day

May 22, 2013

Memorial Day is around the corner and SupermarketGuru wants you to be fully prepared; here are our top tips for the grill

Memorial Day is around the corner and SupermarketGuru wants you to be fully prepared. Before you clean off the grill and start the burners here are SupermarketGuru’s top tips for safe grilling:

Never use a grill indoors. Use the grill at least 10 feet away from your house or any building. Do not use the grill in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, under an awning or any covering that can catch fire.

Never leave the grill unattended, especially when small children and pets are present. Be cautious of overhead obstructions, including tree branches, while grilling. Always keep a fire extinguisher handy when grilling and know how to use it. And of course follow the manufacturer's instructions that accompany the grill.

Gas Grill Safety Tips
Check the tubes leading into the burner for any blockage from insects, spiders, or grease. Use a pipe cleaner or wire to clear blockage and push it thorough to the main part of the burner. Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks. Make sure there are no kinks in the hose or tubing.

Replace scratched or frayed hose connectors, which can eventually leak gas. Check for gas leaks, following the manufacturer's instructions, if you smell gas or when you reconnect the grill to the propane tank.

Keep lit cigarettes, or open flames away from a leaking grill. Do not attempt to repair the tank valve or the appliance yourself. Take it to your local home improvement store, hardware store or a qualified appliance repairperson. You should use caution when storing your propane tank. Always keep the containers upright. Never store a spare tank under or near the grill or indoors. Never store or use flammable liquids, like gasoline, near the grill.

Be sure your propane tank has an over-fill prevention device. Never keep a filled tank in a hot car or car trunk. Heat will cause the gas pressure to increase, which may open the relief valve and allow gas to escape.  You should use extreme caution and always follow the manufacturer's instructions when connecting or disconnecting a propane tank to your grill.

Charcoal Grill Safety Tips
Charcoal should never be used indoors, even if ventilation is provided. Since charcoal produces carbon monoxide fumes, do not store the grill indoors until the charcoal is completely extinguished. Never use gasoline or kerosene to light a charcoal fire. Both can explode. Never attempt to restart the flame by adding additional lighting fluid to an already lit grill. Keep a spray bottle of water nearby to handle flare-ups while grilling. 

Be sure to place your grill on a flat, level surface so it won't tip over. 
Wait until the coals have completely cooled (may take a few hours) before disposing of them. Remember, coals get HOT - up to 1000 degrees F. Use insulated, flame-retardant mitts when cooking or handling any part of the grill. Also use long-handled barbecue tongs and utensils for safe handling of food and coals.

Click here for more information about grilling and the National Safety Council