A lit grill cooking your favorite cut of pork is hands-down one of the best smells of summer. But where there is fire, there is always a need to be safe. Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve already begun your grilling season, stop and take a few minutes to review grilling safety and make sure you’re on top of it the next time you head out to the grill.
- Charcoal and propane grills should only be used outdoors and should be placed well away from your home, deck or patio railings, overhangs or dangling tree branches.
- Children and pets should be kept away from the grilling area. Both are often on the move, and accidents can happen in the blink of an eye.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grates and trays.
- Never leave your lit grill unattended.
- Use long-handled utensils to avoid burns and splatters.
- Always be prepared. Use baking soda to control a grease fire and have a fire extinguisher on hand. If you don’t have access to an extinguisher, have a bucket of sand or a garden hose nearby.
- If using a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid – and don’t add this or any other flammable liquids to the fire or hot coals.
- Keep charcoal starter fluid away from any heat sources.
- If using an electric coal starter, use an extension cord for outdoor use.
- When finished grilling, let the coals cool completely before discarding in a metal container.
- Check the tank hose for any leaks before the first use every year. Turn on the propane tank, and apply a light soap and water solution to the hose; a propane leak will release bubbles.
- If a leak is found, turn the tank and grill off. If the leak stops, get your grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, make sure nobody is near the grill and call the fire department.