Warm weather brings many pleasant outdoor activities, and one of the most popular is outdoor cooking. Enthusiasts would likely agree that almost nothing beats the taste of foods cooked on the grill while also providing the opportunity to enjoy relaxing family time. But before firing up the grill, consider these basic safety concerns:

Gas grills

With any gas appliance, some components deteriorate over time, even when infrequently used. Even a stored grill that is not exposed to the elements may be suspect due to erosion of critical parts. Whether your gas grill is brand new or used, simple checks can reassure you of safety. For gas grills, periodically check hoses for leaks to avoid potential catastrophic accidents. Hoses checks are typically easy using a soap and water method.  Next, be sure to check the connectors and tighten if loose. Should a gas leak be detected, do not use the appliance until it has been serviced by a professional. For any lingering odor of gas, immediately notify the fire department and avoid close proximity to the grill.

Charcoal grills

Many times the entire family is nearby when cooking on the grill.  So care should be taken with lighter fluid, matches or igniters, especially if there are small children present. Definitely make a point of placing potentially hazardous items well out of the children’s reach and never add lighter fluid to an existing flame.  Many accidents have resulted from this common practice.  Be sure to only use only charcoal lighter fluid or alternately, try newer and safer methods such as newspaper chimney starters and electric igniters, for example. Be certain any extension cords are rated for outdoor use and position your grill away from structures or low-hanging tree branches.

Most importantly, be cautious and attentive at all times when using grills of any type to assure that your summer get-togethers safe!

For additional information, please contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about buying or selling a home in Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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