Safe Grilling Every Time

Few things smell more like summer – or bring the neighborhood together – than the aromas of a loaded grill. As you gather up the condiments and head outside, it’s worth doing a quick safety check. Our checklist can help!

Before Grilling

  • Place your grill at least 15 feet from any building.
  • Grill only on a flat surface that can't catch fire.
  • If you live in an apartment, place your grill on a parking lot or section of lawn far away from buildings and flammable items.
  • Heating Things Up

  • Never use gasoline, alcohol or kerosene to start your coals.
  • Don't add lighter fluid once your coals are on fire, glowing or smoldering.
  • After Grilling

  • Soak the coals with water.
  • Close the grill lid and any vents tightly.
  • Don't move the grill or remove the coals for 48 hours, unless you can safely transfer the coals to a stainless steel container.
  • Good-to-Knows for Gas Grilling

  • Always use the gas grill outdoors in a well-ventilated area.
  • Make sure all connections are tight and in good condition.
  • After grilling, close the valve tightly on the gas cylinder.
  • If Your Grill Catches Fire

  • If you can get close enough without getting burned, put the lid on or shut off the gas.
  • Get completely away from the grill.
  • Call 911.
  • Now for the biggest dilemma of all – what will you grill? Remember, if you’re the grill master you get to choose!

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