It’s all fun and games at the BBQ until someone catches on fire! Fuego Grills are as safe as they come, but proper precautions should still remain a top priority when it comes to grill safety. Your backyard gathering can come to a screeching halt with one errant twist of the propane tank, so make sure to always employ these five pivotal grill safety tips.
1. Keep Your Grill’s Surrounding Area Safe
This means no smoking around the grill, making sure the tank is completely shut when not in use, and generally keeping anything that can easily catch fire a safe distance away.
2. Keep a Fire Extinguisher Around
Make sure it's always in proper working order, and inspect it annually. More importantly, learn how to use it! The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends a multi-purpose fire extinguisher for home use.
3. Never Turn On a Gas Grill With the Lid Closed
Always make sure the control knob is in the “off” position. Never turn on a gas grill with the lid closed — this is a huge no-no. Ventilation is necessary because trapped propane vapor can ignite and cause an explosion.
4. Beware of Grease Fires
Should a grease fire break out, do NOT put water on it. Turn the grill off completely and cover it with the lid. Dumping baking soda on the fire is your best bet, so try to have a box of it handy when grilling! Fuego Grills have plenty of space, but make sure not to over-do it. This rule applies particularly to red meat, as the grease can drip down and cause large bursts of fire. It is important to clean the grill after each use as it will help prevent grease buildup.
5. Never Leave Your Grill Unattended
Fires can double in size every minute, so it's important to always keep an eye on the grill. Grab some beers and some buddies and set up shop outside so you can make sure that fire stays nice and tame.