It’s the summer season and everyone loves and wants to cook outdoors. It’s fun and relaxing and a great way to spend time with family and friends. There a few safety tips to keep in mind when cooking outdoors. Remember you are always cooking with fire.
- When lighting a gas grill, always keep the lid open so any gas-build-up can dissipate into the air.
- If a burner does not ignite, turn it off, wait for about 5 minutes and then try again.
- To minimize flare-ups, trim excess fat off meat. You can also put an aluminum drip pan on the bottom of a grill to catch grease. Keeping the lid closed also helps.
- If a flare-up does happen, lower the temperature and move food to a cooler part of the grill; the flare-up should go out itself. If it does not, you can try lightly spraying water on the flames. If it’s still blazing away, sprinkle a big dose of baking soda on the flames. Never, Never put water on a grease fire.
- Always use long-handled barbecue utensils to avoid burns and splatters. An apron and a heat-proof mitt that offers coverage of your wrist and forearm are also precautions worth taking.
- Remember that grills stay hot long after you have finished cooking, so keep children and pets at a safe distance.