If you’re spending time outdoors during the summer preparing delicious meals on the grill, then you’re going to be excited about how delicious your BBQs are, and thrilled that the weather is nice enough that you can actually be outdoors, instead of shivering through layers and layers of sweaters and jackets. But it is important to remember that things like grills are safety hazards in their own right, and that you need to be diligent when outside, whether it’s a gigantic meal for a bunch of friends or just a simple barbecue for the entire family.
Rule #1: Never Leave the Grill Unattended
The first important home security tip for grilling out is that you should never leave the grill unattended. After all, accidents are more likely to happen when something is unsupervised, so you need to be sure that you don’t ever leave the chance for any trouble to happen. Especially if there are younger members of the family around, always keep an eye on the grill, and don’t leave it unattended. It’s definitely a crucial part of keeping backyard barbecues safe and enjoyable.
Rule #2: Keep a Fire Extinguisher Nearby
The second step to grilling outside is knowing what to do in case there is any sort of problem. Try to keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case there is an unexpected incident like major flare ups, a knocked over fire, a starter fluid accident, etc.
Rule #3: Make Sure the Fire is Out
Make sure that the grill is always solidly extinguished before going to bed or leaving for any extended period of time. If the dog, or a stray raccoon, knocks over the hot embers when nobody’s around, you could be in for big problems. Try to go ahead and always shut things down thoroughly, covering the grill as well. This is the absolute best way to be able to ensure that your house is well taken care of, and that everyone is safe and sound.
Rule #4: Grill Outside
There are a couple of other things to always remember when you’re talking about grilling. For one, be sure to keep your grill outside. Since carbon monoxide is a major problem, and most grills give off a serious amount of carbon monoxide, it is crucial and essential that you don’t ever barbecue indoors. And remember that the fumes from carbon monoxide are odorless and colorless, so that the only way to ensure that there are no fumes is to make sure that you have a carbon monoxide detector installed, or that there is incorporated carbon monoxide detecting coverage within your regular home alarm system.
Rule #5: Keep Your Eyes on The Kids ALWAYS
Having a 300 degree grill sitting on the back porch can be precarious when there are small children around. Kids get curious as to what dad is doing, and can walk up to the grill and put a little finger on the outside, or try to reach up to see what’s going on. Bad news. They can also easily bump into the grill while playing. So please, be very careful and don’t take anything for granted with your little ones!
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