There’s nothing like outdoor grilling. It’s one of the most popular ways to cook food. But a grill too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling.
- Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
- The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
- There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
- If you use starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add starter fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
- Keep charcoal starter fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
- When you finish grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
- Check the gas tank for leaks before using it for the first time each year.
- If you have a leak and no flames, turn off the grill and tank and have it serviced before use.
- If the leak does not stop call the fire department.
- If you smell gas while cooking, get away from the grill and call the fire department.
- If your flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off, wait 15 minutes before re-lighting it.
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