Everybody loves those lazy summer afternoons when you can cook food on the grill and enjoy the great outdoors. But barbeque grills can be dangerous when used improperly.
Here are some things you need to know to keep your children safe when you are cooking outdoors.
Does the type of grill you own make a difference? Yes. There are actually more accidents with charcoal grills, but the ones that do happen with gas grills are more serious.
The biggest risk with a charcoal grill is that it will tip over. You can prevent this by having the grill in a level location. You can also consider using bricks to block the wheels to prevent movement.
If you have a charcoal grill, never use starter fluid after the fire has already begun, and never, ever, use gasoline or any other accelerant.
The biggest risk with a gas grill is leaving the gas on too long or at too high a rate before ignition. This can cause a flare up.
Besides observing general safety precautions for your equipment, here are some other tips specifically for keeping children safe.
Set up your grill outside of the children’s normal play area. Establish a perimeter around the grill into which children may not come. If you are on a paved surface, use sidewalk chalk to draw the boundary. If you are on a lawn, use a garden hose.
Always have a fire extinguisher present and know how to use it.
You need at least two people present: one whose job is to watch the children, and one whose job is to manage the cooking. You can of course take turns, but one person should always be focused on the children and not distracted by cooking.