Before you fire up the grill for a fun backyard gathering, make sure to read our safety tips first. The National Fire Protection Association reports that more than 9,000 fires occur due to grills every year. Grilling is one of everyone’s favorite summer activities, but it can also be dangerous if proper techniques aren’t used at all times. Don’t risk ruining your summer cookout with an emergency and follow the grilling safety tips below to keep your friends and family safe.
Gas Grilling Safety Tips
- Before using your gas grill, check all of the hoses to make sure they’re free from cracks, holes, etc.
- If you smell gas, turn off the grill immediately and contact a professional before using it again.
- Do not leave the lid closed when lighting a gas grill.
- Keep your gas grill away from the house and any enclosed structures.
Charcoal Grilling Safety Tips
- After using a charcoal grill, remember that it can remain hot for several hours. Do not store anything on or near the grill that could catch fire.
- Do not use flammable liquids, aside from charcoal starter fluid, in the grill to start the flames.
- Check for rust on the grilles. Rust can fall into the pit and combust.
- Be sure that the charcoal is not still on fire once you’ve finished cooking and dispose of leftover coals in a metal container once they’ve cooled.
General Guidelines For Safe Grilling
Whether using a gas or a charcoal grill, the following general tips are important to remember to stay safe.
- Choose a location for your grill that is a minimum of 10 feet away from your home.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill when it is in use and afterward.
- Never use a grill indoors.
- Never leave a lit grill unattended.
- Teach children grill safety. Help them understand that it is not a toy and that it is very dangerous.
- Clean the grill thoroughly after each use.
- Always grill in an open space rather than an enclosed porch, and make sure there are no close branches overhead that may catch fire.
Nothing is better in the summer than having friends and family over for a cookout! Keep your summer emergency-free by using the tips above when you are grilling.