America loves to barbecue. A 2009 study by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association shows that 82 percent of all households in the U.S. own a grill, and 97 percent of grill owners use it at least once a year. But grilling can be dangerous, and not just because you’re cooking with fire. More common—and sometimes more powerful—dangers can be the ones we can’t see, smell or taste.
The following grilling safety tips can help you enjoy a safer and healthier Father’s Day cookout:
• Take cover—The only time that your grill should be uncovered is when you’re using it or it’s cooling down. Why? To start, rodents can sneak in and dine on what they would consider a “grate” restaurant. Or, dirt might blow on to the grilling area. That’s a crunchy treat that nobody wants.