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Barbecue Safety

All-Guard Alarm Systems BBQ SafetyYou’ve invited family and friends over for a barbecue, you’ve spent all day shopping and chopping, and you’ve dug out your treasured “BBQ Master” apron. Everyone is now gathered in your backyard, enjoying themselves and just waiting for the steaks, burgers, and vegetables to be cooked – by you, the BBQ Master. What could possibly go wrong!?

Well, actually – a lot can go wrong. Very wrong. Gas grills carry the highest risk, causing an average of 7,100 home fires each year, while charcoal and other solid-fueled grills “only” cause an average of 1,200 home fires annually.

Simple precautions can dramatically cut the risk of fires. First off, make sure that you place the grill in a safe area clear of buildings, trees, and dry brush, and away from areas where children and/or pets are playing. And should it get too hot and too sunny, you’ll be better off re-thinking how you want to cook your food than moving your grill to a covered area. Placing a lit grill in a closed or covered area such as in a garage, on a covered patio, or under a gazebo usually doesn’t end well.

Before you turn on the grill, make sure that the pipes and tubes are not cracked or damaged, and that they are free of obstructions that can cause an explosive gas flare-up. Also inspect the propane tank for any dents, rust, corrosion, cracks, or bulges.

If you rely on lighter fuel to ignite the charcoal, never add fuel to already lit charcoal.

Clean the grill thoroughly after each use to avoid build-up of grease and food; grease is highly flammable and can cause sudden bursts of fire. Build-up from food and grease causes more damaging fires than fires from charcoal. To be safe, keep a fire extinguisher nearby for any potential grease fires; a bucket of water or sand will only work for putting out the charcoal.

Lastly, keep food covered and cold until it is ready to be cooked. Make sure all meats are thoroughly cooked; for bigger pieces invest in a barbecue meat thermometer. And make sure that you have enough food for everyone – wearing a “BBQ Master” apron comes with big responsibilities.

Bon Appétit!


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Livermore, CA 94551
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*Calls to and from All-Guard may be recorded or monitored without further notice to you, for record-keeping, and quality-assurance purposes.
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