Who can resist the smell of grilled meats? Even vegetarians love the taste of vegetables that have those lovely char marks and that smokey flavor.
We at Innovation Construction care about our customers, and we certainly don’t want them to ruin that brand new deck in a grill fire, so we did some research and came up with some great tips for safe grilling.
Who knew, there’s a Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) that has a barbecue safety fact sheet. Among their tips:
- Grills are for outside use only! (I’m surprised that that needs to be said.)
- Follow electrical codes (ask Keith if you’re not sure)
- Wear safe clothing
- Have a fire extinguisher nearby
- Never leave a lit grill unattended
This Old House Online has an article titled “12 Ways your Backyard Barbecue Can Kill You!”. The title is a little dramatic, and I prefer to take a more positive spin, but they make some great points.
- Avoid food poisoning by washing your hands before and after handling raw meat, making sure the meat is fresh, and cooking it through to the proper temperature
- Cooking meat until it’s charred can form cancer-causing chemicals
- Grill outside in a well-ventilated area to avoid the formation of carbon monoxide
- Position your grill at least ten feet from any combustible walls, overhangs, or fences
- Avoid alcohol poisoning – don’t over-drink, however tempting it is to keep downing the beers that go so well with grilled meat
- Avoid getting heat stroke by sitting in the shade if you start to feel overheated
- Make sure your clothing is not too loose so that a gust of wind will not catch a shirt or apron and blow it into the open flame
- Never squirt lighter fluid into an already healthy grill fire. The flames can flashback into the container and explode right in
- To avoid injury from fireworks at a July 4th barbecue, follow safety instructions (if they are legal in your state!)
- Propane tanks can explode in extreme heat, so never leave a tank in your car, and check for leaks if you smell gas.
- While fun and tasty, turkey frying can be dangerous. Never fry a turkey indoors!
- Bee stings can be dangerous to those who are allergic. Don’t walk around outdoors with a sweet drink, which will attract them.
So did we take all the fun out of your barbecue? I hope not! As with anything, the idea is to have fun, and not ruin your day by having an accident that could have been avoided.
And if your deck or patio are not in good enough shape for a barbecue, call Keith.