May is National Barbecue Month and if the frequency with which we start using our grill in May is any indications May is well deserving of the honor. May is also National Hamburger Month, fitting isn’t it?
By the time May rolls around most areas of the country are free from winter like spring storms and experiencing warmer days. These warmer days are perfect for grilling. A warm day, a barbecue, and a backyard are the basic recipe for happiness in our house. We love to grill up Jamaican Jerk Pork Tenderloin and corn on the cob, grilled shrimp and veggies, or a round of Mexican Burgers. Backyard grilling is fun, tasty, and feels a lot easier than cooking a meal indoors in the kitchen. Even with all the upsides to grilling it is important to keep basic safety guidelines in mind to help keep you and your little ones safe while you’re enjoying your time barbecuing. In honor of National Barbecue Month, the sunny weather of May, and family fun we have some tips to make your next backyard barbecue safer.
10 Barbecue Safety Tips to Keep your Family and Friends Safe
- Keep children away from the grill. A great way to do this is to create a “kid free zone” within 3 feet or so from the grill and make sure everyone knows about it.
- Make sure all activity in the backyard takes place away from the grill. No games of tag, or toss near the grill.
- Never leave a lit grill unattended.
- Make sure you grill in a well ventilated area, and never grill indoors.
- Keep your grill clean. A clean grill less likely to have flare-ups while cooking.
- Use long handled-barbecue tools.
- Use a thermometer to check the temperature of meats cooked on the grill to ensure they reach their safe temperature.
- Dispose of coals where children or pets cannot get to them and be sure the coals have cooled completely before disposing of them.
- Use a spray bottle with water to help control flames.
- Keep a fire extinguisher near to your grilling area in case of an emergency.
Does your family enjoy backyard barbecuing? What is your favorite thing to grill?