No matter what outdoor event you organize this year, food will surely play a major role in the festivities, and when you’re away from home, portable grills will most likely be at the center of all the activities. Fortunately, by following some simple safety tips and guidelines you, your family and friends can reduce the risk of injuries.
There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to ignite the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel:
If you use a charcoal chimney, use a long match to avoid burning your fingers when lighting the paper
If you choose to use lighter fluid, use only fluid intended for charcoal grills
Never add charcoal starter fluid to coals or kindling that has already been ignited
Never use gasoline or any other flammable liquid except charcoal starter or lighter fluid to start a charcoal fire
Place the grill well away from overhanging branches according to the manufacturer’s instructions
Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas and foot traffic
Keep children and pets, and anything that can burn like food wrappers, an oven mitt or towel, at least 3-feet away from open flames and the grill
Use long-handled grilling tools to give the chef plenty of clearance from heat and flames
Have an adult present at all times when a campfire or grill is burning. Keep the fire small and never leave a fire unattended!
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