Tuesday, July 3, 2018

BBQ/barbecue safety

So it’s that time again time to plan your backyard cookout or BBQ. So I am sure you want to start planning who you will invite when you want to have it and what food you want to cook. In most cases this is the focus however, you want to consider safety measures this will ensure everyone not only enjoys themselves at your cookout but that they are safe as well.  Whenever you have an open flame near a propane tank or near combustibles material like charcoal you need to plan ahead for any emergencies which can occur.  

So grill placement is mostly likely the last thing on your mind but this is important. The recommendation is at least 10 feet away from your home, fence line, garage or porch. Ideally it should be in an open area nothing overhead.  You would have to take into consideration any decorations like umbrellas or baskets which might hang overhead. Before and after cooking on your grill you must keep your grill clean any grease build up would fuel any fire which could occur. 

When you are cleaning your gill this is the perfect opportunity to check of leaks or damage to your grill. The best way to make sure there are no leaks in a hose is by using soapy water. This would be dish soap and water mixed. You would teak the soapy water and rub it on the hose then turn the grill on with the grill lid open. If the soap forms large bubbles it’s time to change the hose I would check the connection as well make sure they are tight.   

You should always have a spray bottle of water ready this would allow you to be prepared for any minor burns which could ignite you could extinguish it quickly. The best standby protection for any open flame is a fire extinguisher. So keep one nearby make sure you know where it is and how to use it. Lastly invest in some PPE gloves and cooking equipment to prevent injury.

I hope this is helpful as always please leave a comment

Mark Carbajal


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