Using a BBQ involves a fair amount of risk as there is heat, fire, and most of all, gas. These elements can cause serious injury if the proper precautions are not taken. So it is very important to be aware of these risks when using a BBQ.
Here are some handy tips that will make sure everyone is safe and sound at your next outdoor function.
Safety tips for cooking with a BBQ
Position of the BBQ. It is important to make sure that you position your BBQ away from everything, so that the risk of something catching alight is reduced. This includes any plants, furniture, and your house.
Ventilation. This is related to the positioning of your BBQ. You want to make sure that the smoke and exhaust from the BBQ can easily escape so that it doesn’t cause any issues for you or your guests. The smoke can contain substances that can be harmful if there is significant exposure.
Operation of your BBQ. Just like with any piece of equipment that you are operating, you should make sure that you know how to properly operate and care for your BBQ. This information can easily be found in the instruction manual that is provided. This will provide details on how to safely use the BBQ, the best way to cook on it, and also how to properly care for it to ensure that it remains safe to use.
Check the gas before use. Gas is a very flammable substance, and as such represents probably the biggest risk when using a barbecue. So every time you light up your BBQ you should check to make sure that there are no leaks in the gas line, and that the bottle is in good working order. The hose can erode due to exposure to the weather, causing dangerous leaks. You should also check that the gas bottle you are using has been checked within the last few years.
Food safety. While the obvious risks when using a BBQ come from the heat and gas that is being used, you should also consider that there is a risk of food poisoning from improperly or undercooked meat. It can be very easy for someone to come down with food poisoning from food such as poultry and seafood, and it can be very dangerous.
Regular cleaning. By avoiding the buildup of food and grease on your BBQ you are reducing the risk of fires. These can easily be started by an excess of grease or fat from the food you are currently cooking, or from the residue left behind by your previous cooking adventures.
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