Before You Fire Up the Grill, Some Safety Tips

With the Memorial Day holiday hours away, here are a few fire safety precautions from the Fire Department.  Happy (and safe) grilling!

  • Outdoors only – Propane and charcoal barbecue grills must only be used outdoors. Do not use in a garage or tent as this poses a fire hazard and a risk of exposing occupants to deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Location – Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas, and foot traffic. Grills should be positioned at least 10 feet away from siding, deck railing, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. If a grill is placed on a wood deck, a non-combustible grill pad must be used.
  • Children – Place matches, lighters, and starter fluid out of the reach of children, preferably in a locked drawer or cabinet.  Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Tools – Use long barbecue mitts and long-handled grilling tools to protect the chef from heat and flames when cooking.
  • Maintenance – Periodically remove grease or fat build-up in trays below the grill so it cannot be ignited by a hot grill.