When you buy a new grill, you'll need a few supplies to go along with it. What will you need to use your new grill safely and efficiently? Here, you'll find a few tips that'll help you get everything you need for a summer of great grilling.
Read the Owner's Manual
Before you even get the steaks out, stop and read the owner's manual from cover to cover. There will be a lot of information in there about safely using the particular grill that you own. Skipping this step could result in the grill being built improperly or used in an unsafe manner.
So many fires are caused by grills. As the grease flares up, it can spread to surrounding surfaces and spread much faster than you might think. So, before you fire up the grill for the first time, you must be sure that you have everything that you need to put a fire out should it start.
You'll need a fire extinguisher — make sure that it can be used to fight grease fires.
You'll need a box or two of baking soda — if things begin to flare up, you can dump the baking soda onto the flames without having to worry about the food on the grill getting ruined with chemicals.
You'll need a grill cleaning brush to clean the grill after each use — removing the grease before it cools will make the process much easier for you.
You'll need a metal box or trash can — if you're using a charcoal grill, you'll need somewhere safe to dump the hot coals. This can be done in a metal trash can or metal box.
You'll need some space — the grill should never be any closer than three feet to the nearest surface. If you don't have the space to allow that much room around the grill, you will need to invest in a heat and flame barrier to mount on the wall.
Cook With Care
Now, when you're cooking, make sure that you're being safe. Use long-handled tools to flip and move the food while it's cooking. Make sure that the grill is completely level before lighting it. Pull your hair up so that you don't risk having your hair catch on fire when things flare up. Don't wear loose sleeves when cooking.
Following these tips will help you to stay safe all summer while you're preparing delicious meals over an open flame.