Warm weather is the perfect time of year to plan a backyard barbecue. Your family and friends will enjoy eating burgers from the grill and spending time together outdoors. Before you make plans to grill out, address any issues of grilling safety. Prevent accidents and keep family and friends safe by being prepared.

Practice Grilling Safety This Summer

Keep an Extinguisher Nearby

Whether you’re enjoying the fire pit, keeping mosquitoes away with citronella torches, or cooking burgers on the grill, have an extinguisher present anytime you’re near a fire. When grilling, the extinguisher should be within reach in case of flare-ups. Get familiar with how to use the device so you don’t need to read the instructions for the first time during an emergency.

Set Up the Grill Away From the House

Any charcoal or gas-powered grill should be set up at least 15 feet away from any building or structure. Don’t grill beneath a canopy, patio umbrella, or tree branches. Make sure you are on a flat, level surface, and away from flammable materials like chair cushions and outdoor curtains.

Teach Children About Grilling Safety

When cooking, have another adult around to keep an eye on young children and pets. Teach kids to stay 10 feet away from the grill, even when it’s not in use. Children should not be allowed to play with grilling utensils.

Keep the Grill Clean

A build-up of grease and food particles can ignite and cause a fire. To grill safely, take the time to clean the grill after each use. With a stiff wire brush, scrub the grates. If necessary, soak them in hot, soapy water before scrubbing. Empty the drip pan and wipe down the griddle top. If you’re using a charcoal grill, let the coals cool completely before disposing of the ash into a metal container.

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