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Tailgate Time: Keeping Things Cool When Things Heat Up
Fall means football, and whether you’re a fan of the college or the pro game another excuse to go outside, enjoy the weather, and party with your family and friends is totally worth it.
Barbequing out in the backyard or at a tailgate is one of the fundamental events of every football season. It’s great to fire up the grill and chill out with a beer, but it’s also easy to let your guard down. Barbecue’s, when done properly, are one of the safest ways to cook, but given their unique nature and working in a different environment than your kitchen means there’s a few more things you have to pay attention to when it comes to general safety.
Playing With Fire
First and foremost, whether your grill is of the charcoal or propane variety they should always be used outside. Using a grill inside greatly increases the chance for fire damage and could harm your health. Remember, you’re working with open flames, so keeping them inside where anything can catch fire and in a room where thick smoke can quickly build up is a big risk.
In the same vein, you should always pay attention to your grill and never leave it unattended. Grills, and the flames they use, are not as predictable as your everyday stove flattop and require constant attention to keep in control. High wind, grease flare ups, and wandering embers can cause big trouble if you don’t pay attention. You can reduce the risk by keeping your grill clean as well, grease can build up and catch fire very quickly.
It’s A Gas
Propane grills are popular among many grillers and can be easier to operate sometimes. That said, always make sure the connections to the tank and grill are always tight and are not leaking, leaking gas is a big problem.
Always pay attention to the gas when working with a propane grill. If you smell gas, turn off the burner and tank immediately. If the leak stops when turned off, give the lines a check then call in a professional to get it serviced before using it again. If the leak persists, step away slowly and contact the fire department. Do not touch the grill again.
Charcoal is a more analog option when it comes to grilling, and the better option when you ask around, but they do require a little bit more attention. Whether you use a chimney or newspaper to ignite charcoal always pay close attention. If you’re using lighter fluid, don’t use too much and only use approved charcoal fluid, do not use any other type of fuel.
Lighter fluid is a highly flammable liquid and as such should be kept away from children and heat sources at all times. When you’re done with your grill always let the charcoals cool completely before disposing of them properly in a metal container.
Whatever you use and whatever you’re cooking grilling is guaranteed good time for you and your family. With a little preparation it is extremely safe as well, but whatever happens you can rest assured that the team at Shepard Walton King will have you covered. If you want to learn more about what we can offer you and your family, drop us a note or give us a call at 800.446.2471.