With summer closing in on us and with Father’s Day right around the corner we are going to be talking about grilling. We all know there is nothing like a big, juicy burger fresh off the grill, but there is more to grilling then proclaiming you are a grill master and flipping a few burgers. You are probably questioning what a Windows & Siding company can tell you about grilling – well quite a bit because we get to see the grilling failures.
For you to achieve a new level of grilling success we are going to talk to you about grilling safety. Grilling is one of the most popular ways to cook, but it can be a hazard without following proper safety guidelines. Each year we are called by homeowners who need to replace their home’s siding due to a grill melting their siding, trim, of soffits – you can learn from their experiences and these safety tips:
- Maintain a safe distance from any recreational vehicles or combustible materials (including your siding and patio doors). The general rule of the thumb is 10 feet, but read your grill’s manual for specific recommendations based on the type and size of your grill.
- Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- You may want to escape the hot sun or a sudden rain, but it is important your grill is not under eaves, awnings, or low hanging branches.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
Make sure to read your grill manual for any additional or alternative safety guidelines to reduce your risk of melted siding or singed eyebrows.
*Safety guidelines from the National Fire Protection Association.