Nothing beats the smell of food cooking on the grill in the summertime, but if you don’t take proper care of the equipment, you could end up in a dangerous situation. Follow these tips to ensure that both you—and your food—are safe this season.
- To get the grill ready for the season, use crumpled up pieces of aluminum foil to scrub the grill rack and remove particles or burnt-on food bits.
- Wash racks thoroughly with soap and water before putting back onto the grill.
- Cover the grill grate with foil, and, keeping the grill closed, turn it on high for 5–10 minutes.
- Allow the rack to cool, and then use a metal scrubbing brush to scrape off any debris.
- Scrub the rack down with soap and water, and follow up with a layer of vegetable oil to reduce rust.
Summer grilling safety tips
- Always keep the grill a safe distance from your home (at least ten feet away), and on a level surface to limit the chance of it rolling or falling over.
- Never leave a grill unattended, and be sure to let children know the dangers of getting too close to or touching the grill.
- Be wary of objects that could catch fire resting too close the grill (e.g. plasticware, clothing, etc.).
- If you smell gas at any point during the cooking process, turn off the propane tank immediately and get as far away from the grill as you can.
- Never turn on the propane while the grill lid is closed. This causes gas to build up and could force the lid off the grill in an explosion.
- To properly dispose of charcoal, allow at least 48 hours to cool, and then place the scraps in aluminum foil and throw away in a noncombustible trash bin. If the charcoal is all-natural it can also be used as a great fertilizer for your garden!
For more summer safety tips, visit www.americanlifestylemag.com/celebrate.
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