Summer BBQ and Grill Safety

BBQ and Grill SafetyA Texas summer is not complete without the smell of hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill and barbecue wafting through the air. Family cookouts are popular during the summertime, and they can be a great way to spend time with your loved ones. However, to make it the best summer, you should consider all the safety precautions you must take when using a grill.

Propane vs. Charcoal Grills

Both propane and charcoal grills are common. Whichever type of grill you choose to use, there are precautions that should be taken. Both grills need to be checked and prepared for use each year. On propane grills, check all connection points between the propane tank hose and the cylinder as well as where the burners connect to the hose. Make sure these are tight. Then, make sure there are no gas leaks by using a spray bottle to apply a soap and water solution to the hose. When turning your grill on, be aware of bubbles that may be released around the hose by the propane tank, as that means there is a leak that needs to be handled before it is safe to use.
With a charcoal grill, you need to get the charcoal started properly. You can choose to use newspaper as fuel for a fire, or you can use a charcoal starter fluid. Be sure not to add any of the fluid once the fire has started. For a safer option, there are also electric charcoal starters that do not use fire.

Things to Remember When Grilling

• Do not leave a grill unattended, or attended by a child
• Always keep your grill clean
• Only use grills outdoors and a good distance away from the home
• Keep grills away from overhanging tree branches

Follow these tips to have a safe and fun summer with your family. If anything does happen that requires medical attention, you can contact Questcare Medical Clinic for an appointment. Our doctors and nurses are ready and waiting to care for your injury or illnesses.