Tips for Safe Outdoor Grilling

The steaks are perfectly marinated, veggies freshly picked from the garden, and the cooler filled to the brim. The warm weather is upon us that means it’s outdoor grilling season.

But whether you’re the master of the gas grill or chief of charcoal, nothing ruins a backyard BBQ faster than a grill fire – putting your friends, family, and home in harm’s way.

So, this summer, keep those grill fires burning while observing these important safety tips:

  1. Position your grill at least 10 feet away the deck railing, siding, eaves and overhang.
  2. Prior to firing up a gas grill, check for cracked hoses, corroded couplings, and rust on the propane tank.
  3. Frequently remove grease and fat build-up from the tray.
  4. Do not wear loose clothing while cooking at a grill.
  5. Use long-handled grilling tools.
  6. Don’t leave a burning grill unattended and keep children and pets a safe distance away
  7. Dispose of hot coals and ashes properly by dousing them with water and stirring them to ensure the fire is completely out.
  8. Keep a small fire extinguisher handy.

If your grill should catch fire, close the lid immediately. Oftentimes that’s enough to suffocate the flame. If it’s a gas grill, turn off the gas and, if you’re able to do so safely, turn the gas tank valve to the off position. For serious flames, try to put them out with a fire extinguisher while someone else calls 911.

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