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Grilling Safety

Read on to learn about grilling safety tips.

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 a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container

Propane Grills

  • Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose
  • A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill
  • If the 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 the fire department. Do not move the grill
  • If the flame goes out, turn the grill, and gas off and wait at least 5 minutes before re-lighting it

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