Your Grill-Safety Quiz
With Fourth of July tomorrow, I’m guessing there will be alot of backyard grilling going on. Answer true or false to the following grill safety questions. Good luck.
1. A grill should be cleaned and checked for general maintenance every two years.
2. The lid should always be open when lighting a gas grill.
3. Gasoline can be used to help start regular charcoal briquets.
4. When lighting a gas grill, you should always start the burner on high.
5. One way to put out flare ups on a charcoal grill is to spread out the coals.
6. It’s okay to add lighter fluid to hot coals if the fire gets low.
7. Always keep vents closed while cooking on a charcoal grill.
8. Trimming fat from meat can help prevent flare ups.
9. A gas grill propane tank can never be too full.
10. More home fires result from gas grills than charcoal grills.
A1. FALSE – Clean and perform general maintenance on the grill at least twice a year. Watch for rust, paint the LP cylinder to make it more rustproof, and check the regulator, hoses, burner parts, air shutter, and venturi/valve section carefully. Always turn off gas at the source (tank or supply line) prior to inspecting parts. Check owner’s manual for any additional maintenance requirements.
A2. TRUE – Always keep the lid open to prevent a flash-off from gas buildup.
A3. FALSE – Never use gasoline, kerosene, or other highly volatile fluids as a starter. They can explode. When using charcoal briquettes or wood chunks, form a pyramid and douse with lighter fluid. Wait until fluid has soaked in before lighting.
A4. TRUE – The proper sequence for starting a grill is: (1) Open the grill lid, (2) turn on the gas supply, (3) turn the ignition burner to high, (4) light the ignition, (5) turn on the second burner if needed. By following this sequence, excess gas will not accumulate inside the grill before it is ignited, preventing an explosion that could damage your grill and even cause personal injury.
A5. TRUE – To put out flare-ups, either raise the grid that the food is on or spread the coals out evenly. If you must douse the flames with a light spritz of water, first remove the food from the grill.
A6. FALSE – Never add lighter fluid to coals that are already hot or warm.
A7. FALSE – Keep vents open while cooking. Charcoal briquettes and wood chunks need oxygen to burn.
A8. TRUE – Trim any excess fat from meat and poultry to help prevent grill flare-ups. Grease fires are extremely hazardous.
A9. FALSE – Do not force too much propane into an LP cylinder. By law, a 20-pound cylinder should be filled only to 80% of capacity. This leaves some room for the liquid to expand. DO NOT ask the propane supplier to overfill the cylinder.
A10. TRUE – Although gas grills are used roughly 1.5 times as often as charcoal grills, they are involved in five times as many fires. Fire hazards are greater when a flammable or combustible gas or liquid is involved.