PALATINE, Ill., July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the 26th annual Weber GrillWatch™ Survey, the #1 grilling holiday of the year remains the Fourth of July, with a whopping 83 percent of American grill owners reporting they fire up the grill on this day.
To ensure the festivities are fun, tasty and safe, Weber-Stephen Products LLC, the world's leading manufacturer of outdoor gas and charcoal grills, is sharing their top tips for grilling on Independence Day and all year long.
- Do clean your grill regularly to ensure it is working in top condition. For the step by step process to clean your gas and/or charcoal grill, visit www.weber.com/blog
- Don't place the grill close to any combustible material. The outside of a grill can radiate a lot of heat, and accidental ignition could result if placed too close to wood, paper or other flammable material.
- Don't grill in an enclosed space like a garage—this can trap dangerous carbon monoxide.
- Do use heat-resistant barbecue mitts or gloves and long handled tools when tending the fire or turning food.
- Do inspect your grill brush regularly for worn bristles and replace brushes at least once a year depending on how often you grill. To safety-test your grill brush to see if it needs to be replaced, Weber suggests pulling on the bristles with a pair of pliers using moderate pressure. If any bristles pull loose, discard and replace your brush. In addition, inspect your grill grates for any loose bristles each time you grill.
- Do light your gas grill with the lid open!
- Do "turn off" your grill. Place the lid on a charcoal grill and close all vents when you are done grilling. Turn a gas grill off at the burners and the source.
- Don't use water to extinguish a charcoal grill—it will damage the porcelain-enamel finish.
- Don't use gasoline, alcohol, or other highly volatile fluids to ignite charcoal. Rather, use paraffin cubes and a chimney starter.
- Do grill on a flat, stable surface.
- Do…know where your fire extinguisher is and have it handy in case of a mishap.
For more grilling safety information, visit www.weber.com/blog.
SOURCE Weber-Stephen Products LLC