Don’t let your health and safety go up in flames
(Lauren Naru, Family Handyman)
Rule #1: Give the grill enough space
Your grill — whether it’s charcoal or gas — should be at least 10 feet away from your home or garage, deck railings and other structures.
Give yourself enough space, too, says Greta Gustafson of the American Red Cross. “Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill.”
Rule #2: Don’t leave a lit grill unattended
Try to stage all your foods, tools, spices, and so forth at the grill before lighting it.
Keep children, pets, and drunk uncles a safe distance away, until you’re finished cooking and the grill has cooled down.
Rule #3: Keep your grill clean
Who doesn’t want to skip cleaning the grill and get right to the food?
There’s always a “next time,” but your food tastes better and your risk of flare-ups is reduced when you keep your grill clean.
Here’s a test kitchen tip: Clean the grill every time you use it. And regularly remove grease and fat buildup from the grill grates and drip trays.
Rule #4: Don’t grill indoors
It’s a common mistake to think it’s safe to use a grill, particularly a small one, in your house or garage. This is NOT true.
In addition to being a fire hazard, grills release carbon monoxide — a colorless, odorless gas that can be deadly. Keep your charcoal and gas grills outside!
Rule #5: Don’t grill too much food at once
It may be tempting to put as much as you can on the grill at one time, but if too much fat drips on the grill flames, it can cause a flare-up.
Instead, cook your food in batches to avoid overloading the grill, particularly with fatty meats. See the rest of the list at Fox News.