Grilling is fun but can pose a safety hazard. Here are several safety tips to keep your parties from turning into a disaster.
General Grill Use
- Use the grill away from structures such as your house or balcony, overhanging trees, and eaves. Half of fires started by grills are because they were too close.
- Only use grills outdoors in a well-ventilated area. Grills emit carbon monoxide, as do all burning items.
- Keep kids and pets away from the grill. Establish a 3 foot off-limits zone.
- Use long handled tools when handling food on the grill.
- Keep your shirt sleeves rolled up.
- Clean the grill periodically to keep grease at bay.
- Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas, and foot traffic.
Charcoal Grill Use
- Only use lighter fluid designated for grills to start a fire. Better yet use a chimney to start the fire (that is what I use)
- Never pour an accelerant such as lighter fluid or gasoline on the grill.
Gas Grill Use
- When lighting a grill, keep the top open.
- After connecting the cylinder to a propane gas grill burner for the first time, use a leak-detection solution (a 50/50 mixture of water and liquid soap) to check connections for tightness.
- Do not use matches or lighters to check for leaks.
- Do not allow children to tamper with the cylinder or grill.
- Do not smoke while handling a propane cylinder.
- When a grill is not in use, cover disconnected hose-end fittings with plastic bags or protective caps to keep clean.
- Always follow grill manufacturer’s instructions and keep written materials accessible.
- When finished grilling, turn off the burner controls and close the cylinder valve.
- If you smell gas, turn off the grill immediately and get away from it.
Proper Cylinder Handling
- When the cylinder is refilled, have the supplier check for dents, damage, rust, or leaks.
- After filling or exchanging a cylinder, take it home immediately. Keep the vehicle ventilated and the cylinder valve closed and capped.
- Always use or store cylinders outdoors in an upright (vertical) position.
- Do not use, store, or transport cylinders near high temperatures (this includes storing spare cylinders near the grill).
Hat tip to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association).