Grilling & Barbecuing Safety

General Safety Tips
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Only use propane and charcoal grills outdoors.
  • Place the grill well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
Remember: If you live in an apartment or condominium style building, grilling must be done at least 15 feet from any portion of the building. Grilling on balconies is illegal. Storing your grill on your balcony is illegal.

Charcoal Grills

  • Follow the general safety tips above.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • Never place coals in a trash container or bag. Coals can remain hot enough to start a fire long after you have finished cooking.
  • There are electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.

Propane Grills

  • Check for leaks before using the grill for the first time each year and after replacing the tank.
  • Follow the general safety tips above.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately turn off the gas and get away from the grill.