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Fire Safety Tips for Outdoor Grills

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Grilling Safety

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.  Keep grill well away from the home, deck railings and out from under the overhang (eaves) of the house or tree 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 the grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.

Propane Grill Safety

Check the gas tank hose for leaks if the grill has not been used frequently.  Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose -- a propane leak will release bubbles.  If there is a leak, turn off both the gas tank and the grill.  If the leak stops, have your grill serviced by a professional before using it again.  If it does not stop, call the Fire Department.  Do not try to transport a leaky propane tank.

Charcoal Grill Safety

If you use starter fluid to get the charcoal ready to use, only use charcoal starter fluid. Never use other flammable fluids in its place.  Keep charcoal fluid away from heat sources and out of the reach of children.   

Be sure to always let the coals completely cool before disposing the coal and ashes after grilling.  Many fires are started in garbage cans after disposing of hot coals which can ignite the garbage and quickly escalate to a very dangerous house fire.