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How Do I Avoid Injuries at a Summer Barbecue?

Summer is the perfect time for backyard barbecues. Whether your friends are planning an event for Labor Day, or you want to get together and hang out with family, barbecues offer an experience of good food with the ones you love. However, they also pose a safety risk. It is important to take precautions to keep everyone safe at your summer backyard barbecue.

Charcoal Safety Tips

When using a charcoal grill:

  • Never burn it indoors.

  • Avoid using it inside tents, campers, or vehicles.

  • Never light a charcoal grill with gasoline, as the gasoline will explode.

  • Use special charcoal lighter fluid.

  • Keep the cap tight on the lighter fluid, and store a safe distance away from the grill.

  • Charcoal gives off carbon monoxide (CO) when burning, and it keeps producing CO until completely extinguished. Therefore, never store your grill indoors with coals you recently burned.

Gas Grill Safety Tips

  • Always check the tubes, connectors, hoses, and valve connections of your grill for gas leaks. If the pipes and hoses are nicked, scratched, or blocked due to debris, replace or clean them thoroughly before lighting the grill.

  • Always ensure the lid is open before starting a gas grill. If the burner doesn’t light the first time, turn the grill off and wait 5 minutes before trying again.

  • Follow the specific guidelines and instructions that came with your gas grill to help avoid an injury.

  • Only use propane grills outdoors.

  • Keep a safe distance from any buildings, tree branches, and deck railings.

  • Pay attention to the propane lines and connectors, as propane leaks are a major cause for explosions and other grilling incidents.

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