Who doesn’t love outdoor dining — especially when the grill is fired up and the sun is shining in the summer. There’s nothing quite like the smoky, delicious taste of freshly grilled steaks, veggies, and barbecue chicken. However, it’s easy to forget that grilling can actually be quite dangerous. In fact, statistics collected by the National Fire Protection Agency state that grills and barbecues caused 8,900 home fires between 2009 and 2013.

So, in order to have a safe grilling experience and ensure that your next BBQ doesn’t end in disaster, here are some simple tips to keep in the back of your mind:

  • Proper grill placement – Grills need to be set up at a considerable distance from the home and any object that is flammable. Make sure that your grill is never placed on a wooden deck or balcony that’s too close to your indoor living space.
  • Proper ventilation – It is important to set up your grill in an open area to guaranteed proper ventilation. Otherwise, the smoke from the grill can contain harmful carbon monoxide and other hydrocarbons that can be damaging to your health.
  • Proper stability – Even if your grill is stationary, you should make sure that the surface it sits on is stable. A durable, smooth surface will prevent your grill from causing a fire by tipping over. The best type of surface is a paved or concrete patio.

While grilling season hasn’t quite arrived, it’s never a bad idea to start planning (especially during the colder months). To learn other tips on how to properly prepare your barbecue, check out this guide to grilling safety!

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