Summer time is practically known as “grilling time” because it is just short of perfect this time of year – the weather, gathering of friends and family, as well as the opportunity to cook your favorite meals outdoors. But while in the middle of this fun summer activity, the backyard chef might not be fully aware of the hidden risks and dangers of barbequing outside. Besides the usual and ever-relevant warnings concerning the safe usage of propane and charcoal lighter fluid, one should be reminded that there is also the risk of flare-ups from sizzling food causing fire.
When the fat from grilling meat drips down onto the coals or other hot parts beneath the cooking surface of a grill, it can ignite. And when this happens, flare-ups can occur. The combination of flare-ups and nearby combustible materials, such as vinyl siding or loose clothing, can lead to an enjoyable pastime becoming a personal safety situation out of your control.
UL publishes the standards of all types of household and outdoor products, including electric and propane grills and accessories, to help mitigate risks by requiring the necessary safety systems.
One of these standards includes testing the electric grill for safety. UL tests help ensure the grill has the means to prevent excessive flare-up in the event too much grease-laden food is being cooked at one time or over time.
Safety standards are written documents that outline the process in which a product is tested to help mitigate risk, injury or danger. UL is a standard-developing organization, combining extensive safety research, scientific expertise and uncompromising focus on quality to develop a wide variety of standards that measure and validate performance, environmental health and sustainability.