Grilling Safety Tips: 14 Precautions Every Homeowner Should Take

by | Apr 29, 2024 | Safety Tips

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The summer season is nearly upon us, and the grill may be calling your name! Grilling is a popular pastime that brings friends and family together. While the sizzle of burgers and the aroma of barbecue sauce can create unforgettable summertime moments, it’s crucial to prioritize safety during your grilling adventures. This blog will discuss 14 grilling safety tips every homeowner should know before firing up the grill this summer season.  

 

Grill Safety Tips for Gas and Charcoal Grills 

 

Whether you prefer to grill on gas or charcoal, there are common grill safety tips you should keep in mind no matter what type of grill you are using.  

 

Only Grill Outside 

First, only use grills outside. No matter how cold it may be, never grill in a garage, shed, or any other structure.  

 

Place Grill 10 Feet Away from Your Home 

Make sure your grill is at least 10 feet away from your home or any other structure.  

 

Grill on a Flat, Level Surface 

Make sure your grill is on a flat, level surface to prevent it from tipping over. Do not place your grill in a grassy area or on anything that can catch on fire.  

 

Open Your Grill Before Lighting It 

Make sure you open your grill before lighting it. An explosion or severe flare up can happen if too much gas builds up just before igniting it. You should also leave the grill open when you’re lighting a charcoal grill, because fire requires oxygen to burn and without it your charcoal grill won’t light.1 

 

Keep Children and Pets Away from the Grill 

Grills get extremely hot. Make sure children and pets stay at least three feet away from the grill to prevent burns and other injuries.  

 

Never Leave Your Grill Unattended 

On average, about 10,600 house fires are started by grills each year.2 It’s important to never leave your grill unattended to ensure the flames don’t get out of control.  

 

Use Long Handed Utensils 

To prevent burns, use long-handed utensils and tools to manage food on the grill.  

 

Don’t Wear Loose Clothing 

To prevent your clothing from catching fire, don’t wear long, loose clothing that could hang over the grill. 

 

Clean Your Grill After Each Use 

Built up grease can lead to grease fires. That’s why it’s important to clean your grill after each use, mitigating grease buildup from the grill and trays below the grill.  

 

Keep a Fire Extinguisher Nearby 

July is a peak month for grill fires, followed by June, May and August.2 It’s important to be prepared for a grill fire. So, make sure you always have a fire extinguisher nearby.  

Additionally, consider installing a CPI Security system with 24/7 fire protection. If you ever have a fire emergency, CPI’s 24/7 professional monitoring center will confirm the emergency and dispatch authorities on your behalf.  

 

Gas Grill Safety Tips 

If you choose to use a propane gas grill this summer, follow these gas grill safety tips to ensure a safe, but delicious grilling season! 

Check the Gas Tank Hose for Leaks 

Before using your gas grill for the first time each year, check the gas tank hose for leaks. You can do so by applying a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, turn off the gas tank and the grill. Make sure your grill is serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop or you are using the grill while there is a leak, call the fire department immediately. 3 

 

Store Propane Tanks Outside 

Be sure to store propane tanks outside and away from your house in a well-ventilated area. A flat, level, outdoor area that is out of direct sunlight is the best location. 4 

 

Charcoal Grill Safety Tips 

If you choose to use a charcoal grill, follow these grilling safety tips for a safe and delicious meal.  

 

Starting Your Charcoal Grill 

There are several ways to light a charcoal grill including charcoal chimney starters, charcoal starter fluid, or electric charcoal starters. You can use a charcoal chimney starter, which allows you to use newspaper as fuel. You can also use charcoal starter fluid, but never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. If you choose to use an electric charcoal starter, make sure you use an extension cord for outdoor use. 3 

 

Let Coals Cool 

After grilling, be sure to let the coals cool completely. Once cooled, dispose of them in a metal container.  

 

Grilling is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors and create lasting memories with loved ones. By following these grilling safety tips, you can ensure that your BBQ experience is not only delicious but also safe for everyone involved. So, fire up that grill, savor the flavors, and make safety a priority at your next barbecue! 

 Sources:

1 Home and Gardens, “How to light a charcoal grill- 4 simple methods to get ready for cooking”  

2 NFPA, “Grilling Statistics”  

3 NFPA, “Grill Safety” 

4 Ferrellgas, “How to safely store and transport a propane tank” 

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