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Summer BBQ Safety Krystal Watson
Summer BBQ Safety

It's summer and that means it's BBQ season! 

Many of us spend our evenings and weekends outside with our family and friends during the summer. While enjoying a few cold drinks and barbecuing some delicious food, it is easy to forget that grilling can become dangerous very quickly if we are not aware of the hazards. 

Unfortunately, safety-at-home (at times) is easily forgotten. Young children or dogs might be running around, our neighbour might have stopped by, we might be playing yard games or sports in the back yard, our spouse or significant other might be reminding us of that honey-do list. There are many distractions which may affect your safety when grilling. 

Here are some tips to help keep you and your family safe so you can make the most of the good weather.

BBQ Grilling Safety Tips 

  • Position the grill well away from objects which may catch fire or burn. (i.e. the siding of the house, railings on the deck, the house’s eaves and overhanging branches)
  • Place the grill on a level surface and a safe distance from lawn games, play areas and foot traffic.
  • Consider a "safe zone" around the grill – sufficient space to maintain kids, pets and bystanders away from the heat and fire. 
  • Long-handled grilling tools provide plenty of clearance from the heat and flames when flipping burgers.
  • Periodically remove grease or fat build-up in the trays below the grill.
  • If you have a charcoal grill, purchase the proper starter fluid and store the can out of reach of children or alternate ignition sources.
  • If you have a propane grill, inspect the propane cylinder hose for cracks or leaks before using it. A light soap and water solution applied to the hose will quickly reveal escaping propane by releasing bubbles.
  • Purchase non-wired brushes to avoid wires breaking off in the food.
  • Always inspect cooking area for any defects or hazards prior to starting the BBQ.

Stay safe and enjoy your summer!

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