Retractableawnings.com Offers Four Real-Life Safety Tips For Grilling

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Summer is here, sweeping in the joys of backyard parties and the sizzle of cooking meat. As you kick back and fire up the grill, RetractableAwnings.com has a few tips that will help you enjoy backyard barbequing safely and healthily.

Summer is here, sweeping in the joys of backyard parties and the sizzle of cooking meat. As you kick back and fire up the grill, RetractableAwnings.com has a few tips that will help you enjoy backyard barbequing safely and healthily.

Tip 1: Do not position your grill directly under an awning.
The biggest safety hazard is having an open flame near anything flammable - trees, clothing, and, yes, retractable awnings. (The recommended distance above and around the grill is 10 feet; the standard front height of retractable awnings is 7 feet.) Retractable awnings allow you to adjust their position extremely easily, so you have a couple of easy ways to save the shade:

  • Adjust the pitch. RetractableAwnings.com awnings have the option to change the angle of the awning; simple raise the pitch to near level, since the average mount point is 10 feet high. After the grill is turned off or extinguished, reset the pitch at a minimum of 3 inches per foot of projection for rain runoff.
  • Retract the awning partway. Retractable awnings do not have to be fully extended. Simply moving the awning by extending or retracting provides protection from the fire while you still stand in the shade, protected from the sun.

Tip 2: Shade all of your picnic or buffet tables.
It's really common to leave food out all day for barbeques, from potato salad to hamburger trimmings, even uncooked meat. Having the shade of a retractable awning over the table can lower the temperature as much as 20 degrees, making it safer to leave foods like meat and mayonnaise out and keeping side items like lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles crisper and more fresh.

Tip 3: Save your skin and arrange sitting and swimming areas under some cool retractable awnings.
Most sunburns are actually first degree burns, and any sunburn which blisters is a second degree burn. Water from swimming heightens the effect of the sun and also washes off many kinds of sunblock. Shading an area on the porch or around a pool with retractable awnings provides needed protection from the sun; that's why RetractableAwnings.com's Sunbrella® fabric is approved by the American Skin Cancer Association.

Tip 4: Clean off your retractable awnings with cool water from a garden hose.
If your retractable awning becomes soiled from some soot from the charcoal grill, simply rinse it off with a garden hose (being careful not to spray the end of the awning with the motor). The solution-dyed acrylic in RetractableAwnings.com fabrics resists stains; a simple rinse is all that's necessary. (Remember: Never use bleach on a retractable awning.)

Retractableawnings.com has been shipping all types of retractable
sun, wind and rain protection systems to residential, commercial and institutional customers worldwide since 1998. Products manufactured include but are not limited to retractable lateral arm awnings, retractable window awnings, retractable vertical drop awnings, retractable telescoping awnings, retractable patio cover systems, retractable canopy awnings and retractable side arm awnings. All products are available with wind, rain, motion and sun sensors. For more information, call 305-628-2424 or 1-866-GET AWNINGS (1-866-438-2964), or visit http://www.retractableawnings.com.

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