Summer BBQ Safety Tips

The summer and the easing of the lockdown measures mean that many people will be firing up their BBQs all across the country. Whether people use an electric, charcoal or propane grill, it’s always a good idea to remember important safety tips while grilling out.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue have issued warnings over the dangers of BBQs, as part of Outdoor Safety Week. We have some tips to ensure you stay safe while enjoying your outdoor grilling this summer.

Grill outside

It might seem obvious, but grilling should only happen outside. BBQs can produce carbon monoxide, a colourless, odourless, and very toxic gas. Ensuring plenty of space around the grill and an open-air area is important. Fire is dangerous and it should be respected.

Keep your grill clean

You wouldn’t cook on a dirty stove, and you do not want to cook on a dirty grill. Grease and fat from previous BBQs can drip onto the flames and ignite flare-ups.

A big flame isn’t always best

Producing huge flames with a copious amount of lighter fluid might seem fun, but a huge flame can be very dangerous. Plus, you cannot cook on the grill until the flames have died down to embers. Also, who wants their meal to taste like lighter fluid?.

Be prepared

While no one wants a problem to happen, it is always best to be prepared. Having a fire extinguisher nearby is always a good idea. Just like in the kitchen, keep one by the grill.

Follow grill distancing

While social distancing is the new norm, grill distancing is a good rule of thumb, too. In addition to giving all the food room to cook, cross-contamination can be a problem. For example, you do not want to put vegetables on a spot that had raw chicken.

While these smart grilling tips might not make you a barbecue master, they should keep you grilling all summer long. Once the basics are mastered, then you can move onto bigger tasks, like creating the perfect hamburger that will impress your dad.

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