Summer has officially arrived with a kick!! When summer comes, the fun thing to do is get the grill out and invite friends over to enjoy barbecue ribs, hamburgers, chicken, shrimp, and your favorite veggies or potatoes.
You know you love barbecue meals from the grill if you’re grilling in triple digit heat. If it’s that hot where you are, stay inside (or go somewhere cool) as much as possible and drink lots of water.
Other than the first two tips to stay cool and drink water, there are other good tips you need to know for safe grilling. Grilling accidents do happen, so I’ve visited three websites that have great tips on safety that I want to share with you.
- Top Tips for Safe Summer Grilling is published at http://dish.allrecipes.com. Their tips include a plan for success, safe tips for cooking over open flames, and basic food safety.
- Insurance Information Institute offers tips about grilling safely, grill maintenance and storage, and safe barbecuing practices. Check out their helpful article at http://www.iii.org/article/grilling-safely.
- Propane.com offers safe grilling tips that are very useful.
The photo below shows what can happen if you don’t soak the coals with water.
Yep, this was a grill fire – when the coals didn’t even look hot anymore, the next day after grilling. It burned two trash cans to the ground. The good news is that a neighbor’s visiting friend spotted the flames (he happened to be a firefighter) and came to the rescue. No lives were lost, and the only property damage were the trash cans.
Follow safety tips at all times when you’re grilling. If you have a propane grill, follow the manufacturer’s directions. I like what dish.allrecipes.com says: “Shut off the gas valve when you’re done grilling. Let the coals cool completely….Never dump hot coals into the trash.” I’ll add to that last sentence – never dump coals into the trash unless you’ve soaked them with water even if it has been twenty-four hours.
You may think you turned off the gas grill. Doublecheck. You may think the coals are no longer hot. Soak them with water anyway. You can never be too careful when grilling.