While some of us are dedicated year-round grilling fiends – the cold weather be darned – most of us get serious about it come spring. Like right about now when this blog goes to press.
And whether you’re a seasoned (and seasoning?) pro or relatively new to the art and skill of barbecue cooking, Optimum Air is pleased to offer you the following 10 tips for greater grilling safety:
- If you’re using a brand new grill, be sure to read the instruction manual and call the manufacturer’s help line if you have any questions or think that your grill might be missing any parts.
- If you’re taking your grill out of hibernation, give it a thorough cleaning and inspection. Check for loose of damaged hoses and ignition switches, rusted grates, or damaged burners.
- Place your grill on a level surface in an open (outdoor) area away from any buildings enclosures, or overhangs. Don’t attempt to move a grill once it’s been lit.
- Do not wear clothing with any hanging frills or strings that could catch fire.
- Use long-handled utensils to help prevent burns as you tend to food.
- If you need to adjust vents or grates once the grill is already lit, be sure to use flame-retardant oven mitts.
- Never leave a hot grill unattended and designate a no-play area around your grill to keep children and pets safe.
- Use baking soda to control a grease fire and make sure you have a fire extinguisher handy.
- Once cooking is complete, turn the fuel supply and burners to the off position. Let coals cool completely before disposing of them in a metal container.
- Clean your grill only once it has completely cooled, being sure to scrape off any food from the grates and empty the drip pan.
When the cooking’s done and it’s time to retire indoors for the evening, what’s waiting for you: an air conditioning system that provides all the comfort you need, or one that’s seen better days? In one respect, it really doesn’t matter, because new and old systems alike should be professionally cleaned and inspected at least once a year. Has it been longer than thatyou’re your air conditioning system? If so, contact Optimum Air for world class service and local, neighborly pricing.