Grilling Tips

Each year, grill fires reportedly cause of average of 13 deaths, 120 injuries, and $70 million in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.  Grills, both charcoal and gas, account for approximately 900 structural fires and 3,500 outdoor fires on residential properties.

To avoid becoming a grilling mishap statistic, we've cooked up the following safety precautions:

  • If grill is brand new, always read the manual.
  • Keep an extinguisher on hand while grilling.
  • Check the connection between the propane tank and fuel line to make sure it is not leaking and is working properly before using a gas grill.
  • If you suspect that your gas grill is leaking, turn off the gas and get the unit fixed before lighting.  Never use a match to check for leaks.
  • Be careful when choosing a place for a grill - keep grills off decks, away from vinyl siding, shrubs, plants and other flammable objects.  Place your grill at least 3 feet away from other objects including your house, trees and outdoor seating.
  • Use starter fluid for BBQ grills that use charcoal only.  Do not use starter fluid for gas grills.
  • Keep grill CLEAN to avoid grease build-up and fire flare-ups.
  • Never leave grill unattended.
  • Use the right tools while grilling (long handed tongs and spatulas must have heat resistant handle on them.)
  • Do not bring your grill into an unventilated or enclosed space such as the garage or inside of your home. This is a major fire hazard as well as a carbon monoxide hazard.
  • Never grill while intoxicated.