It’s Party Time! Keep Your Summer BBQs Safe


It’s time to fire up the grill and treat friends and family to your special secret sauce.

But as you gather ’round the BBQ, the last thing you need is flames that extend outside your grill; personal injury and property damage are not going to win you the block-party-of-the-year contest.

To avoid grilling your home or guests instead of the meal, take the following safety precautions.

Pre-party: Each season, before you use your gas grill for the first time, check the cylinder hose for leaks. Apply a soap-and-water solution to the hose.

If there’s a leak, you’ll see bubbles where the gas is escaping. And always leave the lid open when you turn on the gas; a closed lid can cause gas build-up that may blow the lid off – not the kind of excitement you need at your BBQ.

Party time: If you smell a gas leak while cooking your meal, move everyone away from the grill immediately.

Call the fire department, and don’t try to move the grill yourself. If you’re cooking with charcoal, be cautious with lighter fluid. Don’t try to increase your flame with liquid fuel. If coals are already ignited, adding starter fluid can cause a flash fire. Instead, rekindle the flame with dry kindling or more charcoal.

Post-party: Remove grease or fat buildup from the grill and grease trays. This will keep your grill operating at its best, and reduce the risk of a malfunction and fire. When you’re finished cooking, make sure you close the gas valve completely.

For charcoal grills, remember these can remain hot hours after the flames are gone. Keep flammable objects away from the grill, and avoid moving it while the coals are still hot. Once it is properly extinguished and cleaned, store your grill and extra propane tanks outside – away from your house.

Now pass around that special sauce!