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Grilling Safely

Cooking meat on a grill
Keep everyone safe when grilling with these tips!

by Original content by Amy Monk | Adapted for blog by Katie Cullum

Know these safety tips for grilling safely.

  • Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors.
  • Grills should be placed well away from the home, railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease buildup from the grill and tray below.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it

Here are some tips for safely grilling with charcoal and gas.

Charcoal Grill:

Use only charcoal starter fluid.

Never add charcoal fluid or other flammable liquids to the fire.

Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.

When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing.

Gas Grill:

Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.

If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.

If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 5 minutes before re-lighting it.

You can learn more about this and other fire safety issues from the National Fire Protection Association website Enjoy grilling that delicious meal safely!


Revised: 6/24/2022