Posted: 12:00 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, 2013
By Jane Schreier Jones
• Be careful where you place your grill. “Safety experts advise that you position the grill shielded from the wind and 10 feet away from anything that’s combustible,” says Melanie Hart, director of the Greene County Extension Office of the Ohio State University. “Never grill under an overhang or in a garage or enclosed patio.”
• After a period of storage or disuse, your gas grill should be checked for gas leaks, deterioration and burner obstructions before using.
• When suiting up for the great outdoors, leave your scarf or any other dangling fabrics inside.
• Clear a path to the grill. Remove all snow and ice before lighting.
• No matter what the weather, using a meat thermometer ensures you’re cooking to safe levels of doneness.
• It’s easy to forget about the grill when you’re back in the cozy indoors, enjoying the ribeye steak or grilled salmon. But remember to shut down the grill in a safe manner.