There’s something to be said for a meal prepared on an outdoor grill. Marinated chicken has a whole new dimension after those flames do their thing. Vegetable kebabs become a treat instead of a main course you beg your kids to eat thanks to flavor provided by charcoal and heat. Add a warm afternoon or evening, and you have the ideal recipe for a Fourth of July holiday weekend you’ll fondly recall during those cold Winter days.
With great potential, however, comes great responsibility. Grilling safety deserves your attention, and with a few tips, meals can be prepared with ease and without an unexpected visit from the good folks working with your local fire company or emergency services.
Always Outdoors: Never grill indoors. Inside the house, camper, tent or any other enclosed area aren’t options. Ever.
Stay Clear: Keep kids and pets away from the grill. Set up the grill in the open, away from the house, deck, low-hanging tree branches or anything that could catch fire.
Starter Fluid: Never add charcoal starter fluid after coals have been ignited.
Supervise: When the grill is in use, always be there to monitor cooking. Follow the grill manufacturer’s instructions when operating the grill.
The Right Tools: Long-handled tools just for grilling keep hot food away from the chef.
Emergency App: More safety questions beyond these basics? Want to know if any severe weather will disrupt the grilling process? Download the free Red Cross Emergency App from the Apple App Store or Google Play, or by texting “GET EMERGENCY” to 90099.
Now that you’ve mastered these tips, you’re on your way to a delicious Summer barbeque.
-Written by Elizabeth McLaren