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!
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.
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 GRILLS
Never use a gas grill on a deck or patio, or within three feet of a building.
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.
Activate the building's alarm system.
Now for the biggest dilemma of all – what will you grill? Remember, if you’re the grill master you get to choose!