Many people enjoy their outdoor grills well into the fall. We’ve even heard of folks in northern climes who keep their grills going all winter. But there’s always a risk of fire with grills, so follow these safe grilling tips.
- Only grill outdoors. Never move a grill to a screened porch or garage, even if it’s raining cats and dogs.
- Place grill on a flat, non-flammable surface, such as a driveway or section of lawn away from buildings and flammable items.
- Position grill at least 15 feet away from home, railings, and flammable items, not under eaves or branches.
- Clean grate with a sponge and dishwashing soap and remove all grease and rust with a wire brush.
- For gas grills, put a light soap and water solution on the propane tank hose and watch for bubbles, indicating a leak. If there is one, have a professional service it.
- Never use gasoline, alcohol, or kerosene to light your charcoal.
- Once coals are lit, never add lighter fluid or other flammable liquid.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill.
- Never leave a charcoal or gas grill unattended.
- When grilling, if you smell gas, immediately move away from the grill and call the fire department.
- Tightly close grill lid and vents.
- Do not remove coals or move the grill for at least 48 hours.