Safety 101: Summer Grilling on your Boat

By Boatest.

The mouthwatering aroma of grilling burgers wafting through the evening air, the sound of brats hissing and popping as they near peak perfection. Because grills are located above decks, boaters tend to treat them with a more cavalier attitude when it comes to safety — bad move. According to the Insurance Information Institute, barbecues result in more than 2,000 fires, in excess of 300 grill-related injuries and at least three deaths annually. Let’s take a look at how you can keep “the king of the coals” from becoming a barbecue statistic.

Grill Selection

When it comes to grill selection the three primary choices (based on fuel) are charcoal, liquid propane gas (LPG) and electric, each of which comes with pros and cons.

Charcoal grills can be a challenge to light, but they stay lit afterwards in even the strongest winds. Staying lit is good for cooking, but this inability to shut off the grill in the event of an emergency (accidentally spilling those hot coals for example) is a minus. They’re messy to use, clean and fuel storage can be a pain. They also need to be refilled during extended grilling periods.