Let’s Get Ready to Grill

maxresdefaultThe weather is finally starting to feel like spring and the rain may stop soon….so thoughts turn to grilling.  I LOVE to grill and miss it now that we are in the condo.  I can’t wait to be some place where I can have my grill set-up on our porch.

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So be sure to put your grill on the to-do list to keep your family safe this summer.

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1. Make sure your BBQ is on a flat surface, away from sheds, trees or shrubs.  Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors. Keep them away from the house, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Don’t use them in garages.  Keep children, and pets away.  Don’t leave it unattended. Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby just in case of an emergency. Ensure your barbecue is cool before you try to move it.

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2. Clean your BBQ grill each time you use it.  Deep clean it every three months. Check your BBQ’s cleaning instructions before you start using a scouring pad, to ensure that the cleaning equipment you use won’t damage your grill or invalidate your warranty.

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3. A basic BBQ cleaning kit should include: Rubber gloves – to protect your hands. Brush with stainless-steel bristles – to remove baked-on food and carbonized grease. Lint-free cloth to clean, dry and buff surfaces. Warm soapy water and a non-abrasive sponge pad – to remove stains. Mild glass cleaner – to clean painted surfaces Stainless-steel cleaner – to clean polished metal surfaces

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4. Bake off grease deposits. You can do this by leaving your BBQ with the heat and lid on for 15 minutes to bake grease and food deposits into a blackened layer. It is easier to remove than liquid grease.  When the BBQ has cooled down, remove the coals and ash from a charcoal grill or disconnect the gas bottle from a gas grill to start cleaning.

5. Clean your barbecue including the lid and racks using a stainless-steel grill brush.  Wash the racks and the lid with warm soapy water and a non-scratch sponge pad. Clean stains from painted lids with warm soapy water and polish up with a mild glass cleaner and lint-free cloth. Use a mild stainless-steel cleaner on the metal parts of the lid or metal shelves.   Clean the cavity of your BBQ, removing big deposits of food particles or grease and then washing the inside with warm, soapy water and a sponge. Rinse and dry with a lint-free cloth.

Always remember that charcoal grills and campfires remain hot even after the fire has been put out.

Teach children how to stop, drop and roll if an article of clothing ever catches fire. Young children can learn best if you practice the steps with them, rather than just talking about them.

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What is YOUR favorite thing to grill???  Share it with us.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

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