Summer Grill Safety

Nicer weather is coming, and that means grilling season! We can’t help you become a grill master overnight, but these tips can definitely help you make sure that your grill is running safely and is ready to be a great tool for family fun rather than a potential fire hazard.

Basic Tips

  • Watch the grill whenever it’s on.
  • Never use the grill indoors, near any wooden beams, or under the eaves.
  • Make sure the grill is well away from your home.
  • Keep the grill area free from combustible materials like branches and plants.
  • Keep kids and pets well away from the grill when it’s hot.
  • Make sure to keep the grill clean to avoid grease flare-ups.

Charcoal Grills

  • If you use a starter fluid, use one designed for charcoal, and never add it directly to the fire.
  • Make sure you store charcoal lighter fluid appropriately. Keep it away from children.
  • Let the coals cool down completely before you dispose of them.
  • Only dispose of coals in a metal container. Coals directly in the trash are a major risk.

Propane Grills

  • Tighten all gas lines and hose connections before you fire up the grill for the first time.
  • Check for leaks in the lines by applying a soap-and-water solution all over the lines, and then turning on the propane. Look for bubbles – they’re a sure sign of a leak.
  • If you do see bubbles indicating a leak, have the grill serviced by a professional.
  • If you ever experience an uncontrolled gas leak, call the fire department immediately.

These safety tips will go a long way to ensuring that your grill stays safe and functional all summer, allowing you to enjoy your cookouts with confidence.