Grilling Safety Tips

August 14, 2011

But don't forget to prepare for safety first. John Drengenberg, consumer safety director for Underwriters Laboratories, shared his safety tips with ABC7:

General Grilling Tips:

  • Always grill outdoors
  • Try to keep your grill a safe distance from your house, garage or carport. Never grill indoors or on porches, even if it's raining.
  • Place grill on a level surface
  • Try to keep children and pets away from the grill area
  • Never leave the grill unattended
  • Keep a spray bottle filled with water handy to knock down large flare-ups
  • Have a UL Listed fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergencies
  • Try not to wear loose fitting clothes when grilling, wear oven mitts and use cooking tools with long handles

    Charcoal Grilling Tips:

  • Never use gasoline or kerosene to start the grill
  • Allow charcoal to cool down or use a garden hose on it before disposing Gas Grilling Tips
  • Check hose connections to be sure they are tight
  • Store extra propane containers away from the grill
  • Do not store propane tanks in car trunk or in direct sunlight
  • Be sure to leave lid open while starting
  • Check burners to be sure there are no leaves or nests in the burner area

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