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How to Use Your Outdoor Grill Safely

  • Always use the grill away from your siding, wooden deck rails and away from structural overhangs
  • Always use the grill away from where people are gathering and children are playing
  • Always use long-handled cooking utensils when using the grill
  • When using a charcoal grill, always use proper starter fluid. Never use gasoline or kerosene. Always store the fluid out of the reach of children and heat sources
  • When disposing of the used charcoal, make sure the coals are completely cooled
  • When using a propane grill, always check hoses and connections for leak using a soap and water solution
  • All propane cylinders manufactured after April of 2002, must be equipped with an OPD (overfill protection device). OPDs will shut off the flow of propane before capacity is reached limiting the potential for release of propane gas if the cylinder heats up
  • Propane and charcoal grills were designed and intended to be used outdoors. Never use them indoors or in an enclosed space as they will expose you and others to toxic gases.

If you follow these grill safety rules, you can have fun in the sun without getting hurt.

See alsoNFPA Grilling Safety Tips