Finally! The long winter seems to be coming to an end and summer is just around the corner. Summer means warmer days, longer evenings, summer vacations, and of course…barbecues! Many parents are a little leery of barbecuing with small children under foot but with some simple precautions, there’s no reason you can’t safely cook outdoors with your children nearby.
Here are some very simple rules to follow to keep your next barbecue a safe and fun event for everyone:
- Be sure to keep the grill away from all structures, including home siding and deck railings.
- Be sure your grill is not under the eaves of your home or near low hanging branches.
- Ensure that the grill is a safe distance from any lawn games and areas where your children play.
- Don’t wear large, loose fitting clothing while you’re grilling.
- Use long handled utensils to keep you as far away from the heat and flames as possible.
- Remove grease and fat buildup in the trays to keep them from igniting.
- Set up a 3-foot “safe zone” to keep children and pets away from the grilling area. An expandable fence might do the trick!
- Keep matches and lighters away from children.
- Make sure that all of the ashes have completely cooled before collecting them and throwing them out.
- Finally, never leave your grill unattended – especially when children are playing nearby. Unattended cooking is the number one cause of accidents and fires when it comes to barbecuing.
This list may seem like a lot to remember but once you’re in the habit of following the steps it will become second nature and you and your family will be safe to enjoy the long, lazy days of summer.