Dads and grilling seem to go hand in hand. My dad used to grill steaks for our family at least once a week.  My husband also loves the grill that he received as a birthday gift our first year married. It’s the only kind of cooking he knows how to do. However, I’m just thankful for his help with dinner. I’m a big fan of grilled meat and veggies, but I am NOT a fan of fire. What is it about men and fire?

Ladies, we all know that Summer is the season for BBQs and cookouts; it’s up to us to make sure our pyromaniac men do not hurt themselves or burn down any nearby structures. Hopefully, the only grill marks you’ll see this summer will be on your chicken, steak and hotdogs and not on your guy’s appendages, but here are 15 Grill Safety Tips you may find helpful.

Let me show you something. This guy should not be your "fire marshall".

  1. Assign a “fire marshall”, someone who is always in charge of the fire.
  2. Read the owner’s manual for your grill carefully. Make sure you assemble it correctly and follow the instructions exactly.
  3. Always grill outside in a well ventilated area, away from high traffic areas and be aware of windblown sparks.
  4. Do not grill near buildings (at least 10 feet away), dry leaves or brush. Do not grill under combustible surfaces.
  5. Make sure your grill is stable, not be easily tipped over.
  6. Use long-handled utensils that are made for grilling.
  7. If using a gas grill, you should always check connectors and tubes to make sure there are no leaks or blockages.
  8. Wear safe clothing–no frills, loose shirt tails or apron strings. Wear fire-retardant gloves.
  9. Keep flare-ups under control.
  10. Keep a fire extinguisher handy. Use a bucket of sand and hose to put out a fire if you don’t have an extinguisher.
  11. Never leave a lit grill unattended, especially when children are nearby and do not let them play near it even if an adult is present.
  12. Never move a hot grill. You could easily stumble and burn yourself. The grill may still be hot up to an hour after use.
  13. A clean grill is a safe grill. Remove the grease that has built up on the grates and at the bottom of the grill to prevent flare-ups.
  14. Try your best not to breath in the smoke from the grill, it contains carbon monoxide and Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (cancer causing substances).
  15. Do not drink alcohol while grilling. You want to be clear-headed and quick in case a fire starts.