Summer Grilling Safety Tips

It’s warming up outside, which means we’re about to get elbow-deep in BBQ season. Along with fun summer days and lazy summer evenings are family nights grilling delicious food and enjoying one another’s company. All this talk of BBQ also means it is time to talk BBQ safety. Because while backyard grills may be commonplace, that does not mean they are without their own set of safety issues. Grill safety starts with a sprinkling of vigilance and a side of precaution.

Here are 7 grilling safety tips to keep your summer grilling season as safe as it is delicious:

  1. Read Your Owners Manual

We know — no one likes to read the manual. Especially for a grill, which seems self-explanatory, right? Turn it on, cook the meat.

This is one manual you should read. Every grill works a little differently, and you need to understand specific usage for your new backyard tool to ensure grill safety. Also, if you are assembling your barbecue, you’ll want to be extra careful that you don’t miss anything. You really, really do not want a leftover screw from this project.

  1. Prepare for Flames

Charcoal or propane, your grill uses raw fire. Chances are you won’t have a problem, but you should always be prepared for a rogue flame to jump out. Always keep a fire extinguisher close at hand to stay safe.

Additionally, you should keep basic burn first aid in your house and make sure it’s easily accessible. And never, ever leave your grill unattended. Fire is fire, no matter how contained it appears to be.

  1. Where There’s Fire, There’s Smoke

Smoke lends great flavor to food, but it can also be dangerous. There is the carbon monoxide and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) to consider, not to mention the fact that a coughing fit from breathing in a bit too much smoke can cause serious distraction. Our tip: Step away (but don’t look away!) from your grill while the food cooks.

  1. Ventilation is your Friend

When it comes to both fire and smoke, ventilation is the name of the game. Install your grill in an open area, away from high-traffic spots, roof overhangs and combustibles like plants and leaves. Bonus points if you keep your grill more than a few feet from the house. (A good breeze can whip sparks around like you wouldn’t believe.)

  1. Gear Up

If you love your grill, you’ll love this grill safety tip: Get the right gear. That’s right, you’re going grill accessories shopping. A spark-resistant grilling apron, long-handled tools, a grill mat, flame-retardant mitts, and other gear can keep you, your family, and your home safe.

  1. Keep it Clean

A clean grill means a safer grill, since fat and grease buildup can be a fire hazard. Make sure you always scrape off the grates and clean other surfaces of the grill before using.

  1. Stay Close

It’s tempting to fire up the grill and then head back inside to watch the big game, you’ll be breaking one of the most obvious the rules of Grill Safety 101. Stepping away from the grill increases the risk of fire or injury to kids or pets that may be playing nearby. So, stay close, while making sure the kids and pets keep a safe distance.

Are Propane Grills Safe?

Though we have given you a slew of BBQ safety tips, we don’t mean to give you the wrong impression. Propane grills are very safe when you’re using them properly. We are not here to cause undue stress over your next grilling party. Just make sure you know how your grill works and take all the right precautions, and you’ll have a great time—and an even better meal.

How to Put Out a Grill Fire

No matter how safe your grill is, we advise all BBQ enthusiasts to know how to put out a grill fire. Here’s what to do:

  • Turn off the knobs. (If you can reach them safely.)
  • Smother the fire with sand, salt, baking soda, or some other non-flammable material. (Never put water on a grease fire!)
  • Put the lid over the flames.
  • If the fire is still raging after about 30 seconds, use the fire extinguisher on the flames.

For More Security and Home Automations Tips, Stick with Boyd & Associates

If you are looking for more ways to keep yourself and your family safe, check out our home security and automation services at Boyd & Associates. We offer a wide range of home security options to protect you and your family. If you’re ready to discuss our custom solutions, contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you prepare for what’s next.

Happy grilling!

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May 14, 2018 (Ventura, CA) — Boyd & Associates (Boyd), a Ventura-based security services company, donated a large part of a burglar alarm and video surveillance system to the local, top-ranked, Montalvo Little League (League). Headquartered in Ventura, Boyd is a full service residential and commercial security protection firm serving Southern California.

Recently, Montalvo Little League experienced break-ins and damage to their facility on Johnson Drive, adjacent to their baseball field.  After assessing the danger, damage and loss related to successive burglaries, the Leagues Board determined they needed a security solution and came to Boyd & Associates.

Montalvo Little League supports dozens of boys and girls in our community and draws hundreds of people to baseball games weekly,” said Dan Boyd, company president.  “We wanted to make sure the League and its audience are safe in their surroundings.  We’re proud to contribute to a group that does so much good in our community,” Boyd added.

The League’s burglar alarm system includes a control panel, keypad, a motion sensor, micro-contacts for doors/windows and a siren.  Coupled with a six-camera video surveillance system, the equipment will help prevent unwanted entries to the League’s concession service windows, doors, attic and perimeter,

“We are thrilled Boyd stepped up to the plate and made a substantial contribution towards our protection,” said Paula Millott, President of Montalvo Little League. She added, “This will further our League’s mission of offering safe, fun recreation for our community.”

Boyd & Associates’ mission is to help support communities and law enforcement by providing effective security solutions with rapid communication to authorities in case of intrusion, fire or medical emergency.

A 51-year-old, family-owned corporation, Boyd & Associates has a proven reputation of providing quality security services to communities, residences, and businesses throughout Southern California. Beginning with its first office located in metropolitan Los Angeles, the firm offers services in Ventura, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Orange Counties. Boyd & Associates monitors thousands of home, business, and fire systems from its own 24-hour Central Monitoring Station in Southern California.

Montalvo Little League is a 57-year old non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of boys and girls in Ventura County.  Through a rigorous baseball schedule over six months from February to July, the League aims to build strong character while teaching the basics of baseball.  The Board is made up of family members of League members who donate time to the group.  For more information on the Montalvo Little League, including a game schedule, visit



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