Outdoor Grilling Safety
To make sure your next barbecue does not go up in flames, follow these safety tips:
- Designate the grilling area a No Play Zone, keeping kids and pets well away until grill equipment is completely cool. photo of a backyard grill
- Before using, position your grill at least 3 feet away from other objects, including the house and any shrubs or bushes. (This recommendation applies to single family and two-family homes. For regulations regarding apartments and condos, please see the policy on open-flame cooking).
- Only use starter fluid made for barbecue grills when starting a fire in a charcoal grill.
- Never bring a barbecue grill indoors, or into any unventilated space. This is both a fire and carbon monoxide poisoning hazard.
- Before using a gas grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line to be sure it is working properly and not leaking.
- Check grill hoses for cracks, brittleness and holes. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the tubing.
- Never use a match to check for leaks. If you detect a leak, immediately turn off the gas and don't attempt to light the grill again until the leak is fixed.
- Always keep propane gas containers upright.
- Never store a spare gas container under or near the grill or indoors.
Download our summer safety tips (PDF)