BBQ Safety Tips

BBQ Safety Tips

When it comes to barbecuing, what could be more fun than whipping up delicious food on the grill in the company of family and friends?

The important thing of course is finding the right place for grilling and barbecuing. One favorite spot among many true barbecue lovers is their very own backyard or outdoor kitchen with their own brick barbecue grill.

Even though any outdoor area is a potential spot for a barbecue, not all are ideal place for an open fire. Instead, the best places for a barbecue are the safest ones.

Find a safe spot

Find a place for your BBQ grill that is away from trees, leaves, brush and overhanging limbs. Avoid putting your gill in a high traffic area where someone may accidentally brush up against the hot grill.

When barbecuing in your backyard, make sure the grill is at least 8 feet away from your house or any material that can potentially catch fire. Also, be sure the grill is stable and is away from children or pets that may bump into it. It would also be a good idea to have a water supply nearby like a garden hose.

Precautions for Renters

Do you live in an apartment building with a balcony, rooftop or any other outdoor space? Then be sure to consult with your building manager (or in some cases, your local fire department) regarding specific restrictions.

Generally, using a charcoal and gas grill indoors or anywhere above the first story is prohibited. So you may want to consider electric grills instead for your barbecuing efforts.

Considerations when camping

Another great place to barbecue is at a campsite. Camping is such an exciting way to experience the great outdoors. And barbecuing food over a open campfire is definitely one of those practical yet cozy things you can do. Just be sure that your campfire is at least 15 feet away from your tent and other camping gears.

Personal protection

Protect yourself by using the right BBQ tools such as grilling mitts, tongs and a good spatula. Avoid wearing loose clothing while near the grill unless you are wearing a grilling apron. Watch out for grease splatters and sudden fire flare-ups.

Other precautions

Always leave the lid to a gas grill open when lighting the fire so the gas does not build up under the cover. If the burner does not initially start, turn off the gas, leave the lid open and wait for at lest five minutes before trying again.

It is always a good idea to give your grill a checkup before using it for the first time of the season. Always store your LP tanks outside in a upright position and where the temperature will never go above 125 degrees Fahrenheit.

Enjoy it

Of course, it’s not just the atmosphere of being outdoors that can make a barbecue fun and special. It’s also in the delicious barbecue dishes that you share with your loved ones. To make it all the more special, try a variety of BBQ rubs, marinades, salsas and sauces to capture the true taste of great outdoor barbecuing.