More than 160 million Americans attended a barbecue last July 4, according to the National Retail Federation, and with good weather forecasts for much of the country, this year should have a strong turnout, too.
Before you gas up the grill, consider the most common “barbecue burns” – issues associated with this classic summer gathering – and how you might avoid any potential safety problems.
Barbecue burn: Sneaky guests
Prevention: Guests are notorious for snooping in medicine cabinets, closets and other private spaces. Place motion sensors on sensitive areas for immediate notification if kids have opened the liquor cabinet or a relative goes into a closed-off room.
Barbecue burn: Food safety issues
Prevention: Keep food refrigerated until serving, and put everything under shade to avoid melting or stale food.
Barbecue burn: Grill flames
Prevention: Keep a fire extinguisher near the grill, fire pit and other dangerous areas. Appoint one person to stand guard near the grill if children are running around so no little fingers are burned. Before the guests arrive, clean out your grill, whether you use a charcoal or gas grill, to make sure built-up grease won’t combust.
Barbecue burn: Roaming pets
Prevention: Put Fido away from guests and food. Assess your pets’ temperament and ask parents with visiting children about animal comfort levels to make sure all of your guests, whether they have two legs or four, have an enjoyable barbecue.
Barbecue burn: House burns
Prevention: Place the grill far enough from the house and patio that it won’t burn the side of the house. If you’re unsure about placement, keep moving the grill until you’re sure wind won’t blow smoke into the house or harm the siding.
SafeMart is focusing on 4th of July safety issues all week long. Check back tomorrow for more on keeping your family safe during this celebration.