Although summer might be coming to a close, we are still in fire pit and BBQ season, with many of us opting to take advantage of the nice weather we have left. However, when using fire outdoors in either of these cases, some may not consider the safety risks involved. It’s important to remember that at the end of the day, fire can mean serious danger, even if you’re just trying to grill up some hamburgers. In this article, we discuss fire pit and BBQ safety tips, so you can ensure that you’re fully prepared next time you enjoy one of these outdoor activities.
Grilled food is not only a treat, but is a way to enjoy the outdoors in the warmer months while cooking your favourite meal. But how can you ensure that you stay safe while doing so? It’s important to remember that grills should always be used outside, in a well ventilated area. These should also be positioned away from the home and deck railings, and also away from any low hanging tree branches or plants.
Hinkle Hardscapes tells us their tips for safe outdoor grill use:
“The most important thing to remember is to never leave the grill unattended, especially if you have children and pets. The second most important safety item is to remember to keep the grill clean by removing grease and fat buildup. You can also clean or replace any trays that sit below the grill and collect food waste, oil and other grill debris.”
Although necessary to keep certain types of BBQs running, propane can be dangerous if not used cautiously. When you’re excited to just get outside and throw what is sure to become a grilling masterpiece on the BBQ, you can forget to follow propane safety tips, which are incredibly important in preventing a fire.
Dowler Karn expands on some of their tips for propane safety:
“Here are some safety tips to use when dealing with a propane BBQ:
If you haven’t used your barbeque in a few months, make sure to inspect and clean it before usage.
Replace any worn or rusted fittings or burners, as well as O rings.
Always check cylinder connections for leaks before using your barbeque for the first time after or with a new cylinder.
Be sure to always use barbecues outdoors in well-ventilated areas, clear from any windows and doors.
Ensure that cylinders are stored upright and off the ground in a secure, well-ventilated location.
Keep the propane cylinder away from any sources of heat or ignition when in storage or transport.”
Fire pits are incredibly popular in the warmer months, and are a great way to continue to enjoy the outdoors once the sun goes down. It’s important to remember that fire pits are not regulated in most highly populated residential areas, so you must first and foremost ensure that making use of a firepit is allowed in your area. If you are legally able to have a fire pit, there are safety precautions that must be followed when using.
Julie Martens Forney of HGTV tells us some of her tips when it comes to fire pit safety:
“Fire pit safety starts with selecting the right site. Make sure the ground is level, especially when using a portable fire pit. Keep fires located at least 10 to 20 feet away from surrounding plants, as well as from nearby buildings, including your home. Check with your local city and county authorities to make sure you observe the distance required by law.”
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