As Americans, we enjoy more than three billion barbecues each year. But beware, barbecuing can be very dangerous, if you are not careful. The following are tips to make your grilling experience safer:
1. When preparing to barbecue, make sure you are protected by wearing a heavy apron and make sure you have an oven mitt that fits high up over your forearm.
2. Barbecue grills should always be kept on a level surface away from the house, landscaping, garage, and most of all, children.
3. If you are using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids that are designed for those grills. Use a small amount of starter fluid and never use gasoline. If the fire is too slow, rekindle with some dry kindling and add more charcoal if necessary. Never add more liquid fuel or you could end up with a flash fire.
4. When you use a gas grill, make sure the gas cylinder is always stored outside and away from your house. Be sure the valves are turned off when you are not using them. Check for leaks in the connections using a soap and water mix that will bubble where gas might escape.
5. Very important – Soak the coals with water before you put them in the trash. Always remember that grills remain hot long after you are through barbecuing.
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