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Grilling safety tips, NFPA

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Grilling safety tips, NFPA

Grilling Safety

There’s nothing like outdoor grilling. It’s one of the most popular

ways to cook food. But, a grill placed too close to anything that can

burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries.

Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling.




  • 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

  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat

    buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.

    from the grill area.

  • Never leave your grill unattended.

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 the gas

    tank and 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


    Do not move the grill.





  • 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.




  • July is the peak month for

    grill fires.

  • More than half of home grill

    structure fires begin on either

    a courtyard terrace or patio,

    or an exterior balcony

    or open porch.

  • Roughly half of the injuries

     involving grills are thermal





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