Grilling Up Some Safety for Memorial Day

Man grilling hot dogs
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Memorial Day Weekend is the “unofficial” start of summer. And that can mean only one thing – Grilling!

Here are some barbecuing Do’s and Don’ts to help you enjoy all of the foods you’ll be grilling while staying safe and burn free.

Grill Masters should:

  • Keep the grill away from anything that will catch fire. This includes siding and porch or deck railings.
  • Wear an apron to protect your clothes and your skin. You can also wear an oven mitt to protect your hands and forearms.
  • When there’s fire stay by the grill.
  • Start the grill using the appropriate fluids.
  • If you are using charcoal, when you’re finished, soak them in water before discarding them. Make sure they are in a fireproof receptacle.
  • For gas grills, make sure the fuels tanks are approved containers and keep then away from kids and pets when you store them.

Grill Masters should not:

  • Put the grill on anything like dry grass, leaves, or vegetation that may catch fire.
  • Wear loose fitting clothing that could accidentally catch fire.
  • Let kids or pets near a lit grill.
  • Add gas or lighter fluid to a lit grill.
  • Dump the hot coals out on the ground when you’re done. Also, avoid dumping near your house.
  • Leave fuel tanks, grills, or grilling tools unattended where children could access them.

Follow these simple tips, and you’ll have a safe and happy grilling event this Memorial Day!

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