Summer is in its final stretch—the time of year when we savor each swim on a hot day, every iced beverage we sip on a patio, and every opportunity to cook up burgers on the grill. But, when it comes to the perfect barbecue, the best garnish is not just the cheese, lettuce or tomato—it’s also the proper safety measures and the tools to combat unexpected emergencies.
According to the Colorado Division of Fire Safety, more than 150 Coloradans were injured in residential fire-related incidents in 2011—and while these all aren’t the result of grill fires, it bears mentioning that cooking is the number one cause of home fires in the country, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
To help prevent accidents before they happen, here are some grill safety tips I use at home and recommend:
Also, don’t think you have to sacrifice style for safety. In a video posted on their site, The American Society of Landscape Artists Colorado offers some fabulous recommendations for creating the perfect space for outdoor entertaining. Happy grilling!
Guest blogger Debbie Hanson is director of external affairs for First Alert, a trusted brand in home safety products.