• Garage and Patio Grilling Safety

    May 26, 2015 | Blog
  • Whether you grill all year long, or first break out the barbecue utensils in the springtime, everyone looks forward to a long summer of food-filled outdoor parties. Many grills end up being used (and stored) either on the patio/deck or in and around your garage. These safety tips will keep you happily grilling all season long.

    Read and Follow Your Grill’s Safety Instructions

    There are many methods for achieving that perfect steak or vegetable kabob. Every grilling method (wood, charcoal, or propane) has its avid fans, but even more important is knowing how your grill’s manufacturer planned for you to build that roaring fire for a tasty result. The manual will also outline the maintenance checks you should perform regularly, and how to spot problems (such as loose propane hose connections) before ignition!

    Grill with Adequate Ventilation

    Your grill should only be used outdoors, because the smoke can not only irritate eyes and airways, but can be toxic. If you barbecue from your garage, pull the grill out in front of the garage so there is good airflow on all sides (and your garage doesn’t fill up with smoke). Even having the garage door open is not enough ventilation to keep you safe. You should also keep out from under eaves and covered porches.

    Stay Clear of Anything that’s Flammable (or Can Melt)

    A juicy filet sounds great for dinner, but the skies have opened up… so you roll your grill to the doorway of your garage. But trying to stay sheltered can be disastrous if you stay too close to your home’s framework. Inadequate clearance can mean scorching and charring of doorways, railing, siding, and even close trees. But if it gets out of control, fire can result.

    Do you enjoy the maintenance-free features of vinyl siding or a vinyl deck and railing? Take extra care around (and on) these surfaces—yes, they can melt!

    Keep It Clean

    Doing the dishes doesn’t just apply to indoor cooking. Keeping your grill clean provides better, healthier food and is a critical safety step. Food residue can make your grill less efficient, keeping it hotter longer. But even worse, drippings and build-up can be flammable, turning a nice flame into an unpredictable inferno.

    Be Family-Friendly

    Keep your family safe by teaching kids to stay away from hot grills, and educating older kids how to properly use a grill under adult supervision. Learning how to cook outside is a great life-long skill that can bring a lot of joy over the years. Doing it safely is key to enjoying it and passing on the tradition.

    Learn more about grilling safety from the National Fire Protection Association, and enjoy a fun and safe outdoor cooking season!