Grilling Safety

Keeping your Place Safe

Grilling enjoyment is not just about cooking; it is also ensuring safety while you grill for your family and friends. From burning hot metal to explosive liquids, the risk of grilling accidents is high if you fail to observe the proper procedure for outdoor cooking. There have been a number of people injured and property lost to careless grilling ventures.

A typical liquid propane cylinder holds about 20 pounds of propane with extra room that allows the liquid to expand. Do not overfill the cylinder and do not store it indoors. Should you wish to store your gas grill indoors, disconnect the tank and leave it outdoors in a safe place. It should be stored upright in an area with 120 degrees or less in temperature.

You should make it a point to check for gas leaks before and after grilling every time you disconnect and reconnect the regulator to the cylinder. Look for any alarming signs in your cylinder like dents, gouges, bulges, leakage or corrosion and have it checked by a supplier. Do not use anything in doubtful condition.

Grills should be placed away from houses, fences, trees and anything else that has propensity for burning. The location should be well ventilated, preferably outdoors. The person in charge of grilling should not be easily distracted from his/her duties, possessing a clear head when faced with unexpected emergencies.

Be prepared for any fire incident. Easy access to water or a fire extinguisher is a wise idea. However fire from gas grills should not be put out by water, as water can cause grease flares to literally explode. Make sure you know how to use the fire extinguisher since there will be no time to read the instruction when the time comes. The fastest way to put out flare-ups in gas grills is to quickly turn off all burners and open only when the fire is under controlled.

When lighting a gas grill, remember the 10 to 5 rule. If the grill fails to start within 10 seconds, turn off the gas and leave the lid open. Try again after 5 minutes.

Once you are done grilling, make sure that the fire is out. Turn off all control valves plus the tank valve. Any burning grease should be put out and the grill completely cooled before it is covered. Lastly, let common sense guide your actions.

Keeping Outdoor Food Safe

There are some basic things to pay attention to besides grilling techniques, flavor and presentation. You should also keep your food and utensils safe from contamination. Spoilage has to be prevented at all cost.

Wash your hands frequently. Wash them before and after handling food. Wash everything that would come into contact with your food. Do not store your utensils on your grill. They are best kept indoors until the time of its use. This will prevent animals and insects from straying into your tools that you will use for your food preparation.

Keep your food covered. You’ll never know what will land on top of your food when exposed to the elements. As a word of caution, meats prepared rare or medium rare present some safety risks.

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