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Grilling Safety Tips

By Good Ranchers May 5, 2020

Grilling season is here, and we couldn’t be more excited. Actually, we think grilling season is a year-round occurrence, especially when you’re using Good Ranchers quality meats, but with warmer weather comes more grilling opportunities. We thought this was a perfect time to brush up on some grilling safety tips and best practices.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 10,200 home fires are started every year by grills. Whether you’re grilling solo, for the whole family, or having a backyard BBQ with friends and neighbors, we want to remind you of a few safety tips to ensure your grill session goes smoothly.

4 Leading Causes Of Fire
  1. Leaving the grill unattended
  2. Failure to clean your grill
  3. Placing the grill too close to structures (i.e. your house, deck rail)
  4. A gas leak or break
Tips To Ensure A Safe Backyard BBQ
  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Make sure your grill is placed at least 10 feet away from your house, porch, garage, deck railing, and out from under leaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep decorations like baskets or hanging plants away from the grilling area.
  • Keep kids and pets at least three feet away from the grill area, marking it a “kid free zone.” Make sure kids know the potential dangers of the grill as well, so they aren’t tempted to go near it.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grill and the trays below the grill. Did you know that in roughly 1 out of every 5 grill fires, it’s due to the grills not being cleaned? Here are some great tips to get your grill summer ready.
  • Make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
  • Check for gas leaks. You can do this by making a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water, then rubbing it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on (with the grill lid open). If soap forms large bubbles, that’s a sign the hoses have small holes or that the connections are not tight enough.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher and spray bottle of water (for minor flare ups) nearby, just in case. Another key point of safety is to know how to use the fire extinguisher and teach everyone in your house how to use it. It doesn’t do you any good if you can’t figure out how to use it during an emergency. Watch this video on how to properly use a fire extinguisher.
  • Make sure your grill is on a stable surface, and can’t slide down your patio or roll over.
  • Wear proper clothing. This may seem silly, but any loose fitting clothes, like sleeves, baggy shirts, or even scarves can quickly lead to a fire. Your hair should also be pulled back, if possible.
  • Don’t overload your grill with a ton of food, especially fatty foods that can cause drip on the flame, causing a major flare up.

Read more grilling and safety tips from the NFPA. Now that you’re up-to-date on grilling safety, make sure you know how to grill a Good Ranchers steak.

Want to perfect your grill game? Brush up on these grilling tips everyone should know.

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