It is always fun to host a summer barbeque at home with friends and family. You can set up the ambience, arrange for some music and have comfortable seating arrangements for the occasion. However, you should also be aware of safety precautions to avoid any accidents or mishaps that involve fire.
Tips to Stay Safe
When it comes to hosting summer barbeques at home, the following are some tips for you to stay safe-
- Keep the grill at least 10 feet away from your home- This tip applies to both charcoal and gas grills. If you can keep the grill even further, it is better. This also covers areas of your home that include porches, carpets and garages. Make sure the grills are not placed under any wooden structures, or else they might catch fire.
- Check for leaks- If you have a gas grill at home, check it for leaks. You can use some water and dish wash soap for checking whether your grill has a leak or not. Take half a cup of water and half a cup of dishwashing liquid. Rub this solution on the connection and hoses of the grill. Switch the gas on. The grill lid should be open when you do so. If you see soap bubbles forming, this means the hose has small holes in it, or the connection is not tight enough.
- Clean the grill regularly- Make sure you take out time to clean your grill regularly. If you allow grease and oil to build upon the grill, this adds more fuel to any accidental fire that might break out. When the grill is not in use, protect it with BBQ covers available in the market.
- Keep a spray bottle filled with water handy- This bottle will help you in case you have a minor flare-up at home. You can spray water on it immediately. The bonus point here is that water sprayed on the grill will not spoil the taste of the food being cooked at the time.
- Never switch on the gas with the lid closed- Make sure you do not commit this mistake. This will lead to a build-up of gas inside the grill, and when you light it, a fireball will explode right in your face. Make sure you know how to use your grill correctly if it is new. All companies give you a demonstration on how to use your grill correctly. If you have missed out on any demonstration, you can contact the company or seek the help of someone you know who is experienced in using grills.
Last but not least, no matter how much fun builds up at your home, make sure the grill is never left unattended. Fires grow fast, and they can double in size within just a few seconds. Plan ahead and assign chores to members of your family and friends so that you do not have to leave the grill unattended. In this way, all of you will stay safe and keep fires away with success!