Grill Safety

When the warmer weather hits, there’s nothing better than the smell of food on the grill! Holding a barbecue should be a safe and fun experience for everyone. A grill placed too close to anything that can burn creates a fire hazard. It is very important to keep children, and things that have the potential to burn, away from hot charcoals and/or open flames. Three out of five house-holds own a gas grill, which translates to a lot of tasty meals, but it also means there’s an increased risk of home fires. Follow these safety tips.
► Ensure that your barbecue grill is clean and in good working order.
► NEVER use any open flame on a porch, covered patio or balcony.
► Make sure the cooking site for the grill is flat and away from sheds, fences, and overhanging branches.
► Position the grill at least 10 feet away from any structure or building.
► Regardless of the circumstances NEVER use a grill indoors, in garages, or in tents. This can pose both a fire hazard and the risk of exposing occupants to carbon monoxide.
► Keep children at least 3’ away from the grill location.
► Keep outdoor games away from cooking area.
► NEVER leave grill unattended.
► Light grills with a long match or mechanical lighter designed for lighting grills.
► Keep all matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
► Use long-handled grilling tools that provide distance from heat and flames.
► Allow the grill to cool completely before moving or covering.
► Never transport a propane tank in the passenger compartment of a vehicle.

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