Gas and Charcoal Grilling

Grills Don't Cause Accidents ... People Who Use Them Do

Fires and explosions can occur when a gas grill is not used properly. Charcoal and wood burning grills produce carbon monoxide gas, which is odorless and invisible and can accumulate to toxic levels in closed environments.

Tips for Gas and Charcoal Grill Safety

  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions when connecting or disconnecting LP gas containers and when checking for gas leaks.
  • Always check for gas leaks before each use.
  • Never use a grill inside an enclosure or under a surface that can catch fire (house, tent, boat, camper, garage and breezeway). Use the grill at least 10 feet away from any enclosure.
  • Keep all children and pets away from the grill.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher accessible.
  • Do NOT wear loose clothing while cooking.
  • Use long-handled utensils and stay a safe distance from flames while cooking.
  • Always shut off the valve on the propane tank when not in use.
  • Do not store the grill indoors with freshly used coals.

Adapted from The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).