Grilling Safety

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.

SAFETY TIPS

  • 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.

CHARCOAL GRILLS

  • 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.

PROPANE GRILLS

  • 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┬áthe grill and gas off, wait 15 minutes before re-lighting it.

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