An outdoor grill is a wonderful appliance to have access to. Who does not enjoy being able to cook outdoors when the weather is suitable. If you are planning an outdoor feast anytime soon, there are a number of practical safety tips you should be aware of.

Unfortunately, in the period from 2006 to 2010, US fire departments were called out to an average of 8,100 home fires each year which involved grills and barbecues. These fires resulted in more than sixty deaths, nearly five hundred serious injuries, and close to three hundred million dollars worth of property damage. If you want to ensure that you do not add to these frightening statistics, it is essential that you maintain and use your grill with safety in mind.

You should always follow the instructions given by the manufacturer of your grill in relation to maintenance and cleaning. If you were to ignore the advice that is given, you would be potentially risking the health and safety of your own family. You should conduct a thorough inspection of the barbecue on a regular basis, and especially if it has been unused for a prolonged amount of time.

When using a gas-fueled appliance, you should check for grease, dirt, and bugs that may block the grill’s burners. Hoses can become brittle and cracked when exposed to the sun, test their integrity every couple of months by spraying a soap and water solution through a hose over their length and observing whether there are any bubbles. Do not use a match to test for leakage. If you are in any doubt about the condition of a hose it should be replaced.

An innocent looking dent or a patch of rust on your barbecue or the gas cylinder can be deadly. It is your responsibility to replace or repair any damaged equipment no matter how minor the problem may initially seem. Rust should always ring alarm bells in your head as it is a form of damage that can spread. Equipment that is rusting should not be used again.

If you are planning to repaint your barbeque grills, make sure you use a coating that is heat-resistant and designed for such an appliance. If you plan to repaint a gas cylinder, do so using a light color as dark shades absorb heat and can result in an expansion of the gas contained within. Do not paint the connectors or the hose as this can create a fire hazard.