Summer is the month for fun BBQ parties, but, not to put a dampener on your enthusiasm, things can go terribly wrong. Every year, thousands of people are injured in barbecue-related accidents, so here are some of the ways you can avoid a BBQ disaster:
Safety and Risk
Firstly, make sure you know how your barbecue works. Everyone hates reading manuals, but not doing so puts you at immediate risk. The risk isn’t speculative risk, either, like it is if you play the slots at Jack Pot City Online Casino, for example. The risk with barbecue safety is pure risk, where something bad happens or it doesn’t, and the danger always lies in assuming the latter.
In case of disaster, buy yourself a fire extinguisher and familiarise yourself with its use, too.
With gas barbecues, don’t switch on the gas with the grill lid closed. If you have a coal barbecue, use as little lighter fuel as possible on cold coals only. Don’t use petrol under any circumstances.
Avoid placing a grill within 10ft of the house or near garden furniture. It’s a good idea to illuminate your BBQ with a spotlight if you’re cooking after dark, but make sure the light is angled indirectly to avoid glare.
Under no circumstances should you use your BBQ grill indoors. Aside from the high risk of fire, this is perilous because all fuels (including coal, kerosene, natural gas, oil, propane and wood) emit carbon monoxide gas when burned.
Loading up the BBQ
With a coal barbecue, use only enough coal to layer the base of the firebox. Don’t overload with fuel and, similarly, don’t overload the grill with food. That’s especially the case with fatty meats, as you don’t want too much grease dripping onto the heat.
Finally, enjoy your summer!