Outdoor Grilling Safety Tips
When the warm weather arrives, there is nothing like the smell of food cooking on a grill. But if not operated and maintained properly a grill can lead to burn injuries or become a fire hazard.
- Use only equipment with a label of a recognized testing laboratory and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to set up, operate and maintain your grill.
- Only use propane, charcoal, and wood pellet grills outside. Using them indoors can lead to a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Grills should be placed well away from anything that can catch fire such as your home, deck railings, eaves, overhanging branches or other combustible materials.
- Keep children and pets away from grilling area.
- Never leave a hot grill unattended.
- Keep your grill clean, including the grease tray to avoid it catching fire.
- Never pour water on a grease fire! Use a fire extinguisher, baking soda or follow the grill manufacturer’s instructions.
PROPANE & NATURAL GAS GRILLS
Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. You can apply a light soap and water solution to the hose.
If there is a propane leak, it will release bubbles. If you do find a leak and there is no flame, do the following:
- Turn off both the gas tank and barbecue.
- If leak stops get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
- If the leak does not stop call the Fire Department.
- If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call 9-1-1. Do not move the grill.
- If the flame goes out while cooking, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least five minutes before re-lighting it.
- When finished grilling, make sure the grill is turned off and the burner flames are out. Turn off the valves or gas supply and close the grill’s lid.
- Never store propane tanks in buildings or garages. If you store a gas barbecue inside during the winter, disconnect the cylinder and leave it outside.
- If you use a “charcoal chimney” to start charcoal for cooking, use a long match to avoid burning your fingers when lighting the paper.
- If you use a starter fluid, only use a charcoal starter fluid that is designed for this application and never add charcoal fluid when coals or kindling have already been ignited.
- Never use gasoline or any other flammable liquid to get the fire going.
- Keep charcoal fluid out of reach of children and away from heat sources.
- When finished grilling, let the coals cool completely before disposing them into a metal container.