During the Labor Day holiday weekend many will get the grill out and cook up end-of-summer treats for friends and family. The American Red Cross offers ten steps on how to stay safe while manning the grill.
1. Never grill indoors – not in the house, your camper or tent – any enclosed area.
2. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills.
3. Always supervise the grill when in use and keep everyone away, including pets.
4. Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, deck, trees –anything that could catch fire.
5. Use long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill.
6. Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
7. Keep a fireproof pan under the grill to catch any falling ash or grease.
8. Trim excess fat from meat to avoid flare-ups.
9. Be ready to close the lid and turn off the grill if necessary.
10. Wash your hands in hot, soapy water before preparing food, after touching raw meat and after any interruptions such as using the bathroom and handling pets.
Every year the onset of grilling season results in injuries and fires due to careless cooking practices. Whenever someone works with an open flame, there is a chance of fire. Follow these safety steps to grill safely and enjoy your holiday weekend.