Every year, 7,000 Americans are injured while using backyard barbecue grills. It’s usually a case of good products used incorrectly. Before you plan your next cookout, review these top ten BBQ safety tips!
- The most important safety tip: always keep a fire extinguisher on hand when grilling! You should also keep a garden hose or bucket of water/sand nearby.
- Placement of grill
- Store and use all grills on a large, flat surface that cannot burn, such as concrete or asphalt.
- Never use a grill indoors and also never position your grill under or on top of anything that can catch fire. This includes in garages, under carports, on porches, decks or balconies.
- Keep a 10-foot horizontal and vertical separation between your grill and all buildings, trees and any combustible materials. Use the same guidelines for tiki torches.
- Check with your local ordinance codes to see grilling restrictions for your property. Follow these codes for your own safety!
- Condition of grill:
- Check your grill for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks before using. If you suspect a leak, brush soapy water around all joints and watch for bubbles. Never attempt to repair a tank valve or appliance yourself. See a Liquefied Petroleum (LP) gas dealer or a qualified appliance repair person.
- Replace all scratched and nicked connectors, which can eventually leak gas.
- If you use an electric starter with your charcoal grill, make sure the cord is properly insulated and do not use if it is raining or the ground is wet.
- Clean out all tubes leading to the burner for blockage from insects or food grease. Remove any debris with a pipe cleaner or wire to push it through to the main part of the burner.
- Operation of Grill
- Do not smoke or drink alcohol near the grill. Keep all lit cigarettes, matches or open flames away from the grill.
- Don’t wear loose clothing that might catch fire.
- Establish a safety zone around the grill. Keep children, pets and ball games well away from this safety zone and cooking area. NEVER leave the grill unattended.
- Turn off the gas cylinder before the barbecue controls to ensure any gas in the pipeline is used up. Make sure to turn off all the barbecue controls and the valve cylinder is closed when the grill is not in use.
- Make sure the grill or barbecue is cool before trying to move it. Once the barbecue is cool and turned off completely clean, cover and store your grill.
- Always store gas cylinders in an upright and vertical position outdoors. Do not use, store or transport your cylinder where it may be exposed to high temperatures.NEVER store cylinders under or near the grill.
- NEVER keep a filled gas container in a hot car or car trunk. Heat will cause the gas pressure to increase, which causes the relief valve to open and allows gas to escape.