Summer is in full swing and you even though grilling is a tasty way to prepare food, you should remember that grills can be very hot, and could cause fires or burn injuries. To ensure the flames stay under the grates and don't char more than you food, follow these grill safety and maintenance tips.
• Grills should be used a minimum of 20 feet away from any building, deck, or overhead tree branches.
• Keep guests and pets at least three feet away from your grilling area.
• Keep the grill clean by removing grease and fat build-up.
• Never leave the grill unattended.
• Use the grill on a level, stable surface to avoid tipping over.
• Use the grill outdoors in a well-ventilated area.
• Don't move the grill once it is hot.
• Have a fire extinguisher ready nearby.
Propane Grill Tips:
• Always check the propane tank hose for cracks, holes, or leaks before using the grill.
• If you suspect a leak or smell gas while operating the grill, turn the grill off immediately.
• Any grill that might have a gas leak should be serviced by a qualified professional before you use it again.
• If a leak does not stop, immediately get away from the grill and call 911.
Charcoal Grill Tips:
• If you use starter fluid, only use charcoal starter fluid. Do not use gasoline or other non-approved flammable liquids.
• Do not apply starter fluid to charcoal that has already been ignited.
• When you are finished grilling, let the coals cool completely before disposing of the ashes.
• Place all ashes or coals in a metal container for disposal.