Read on to learn about 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
- 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
- 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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