Gas & Charcoal Grilling
Grills don't cause accidents; it's the people using them who can make things go wrong. Whether you're dealing with a gas or charcoal grill, it's essential to follow some simple rules to keep everyone safe.
Why It Matters:
- Gas grills can lead to fires and explosions if not used correctly.
- Charcoal and wood-burning grills produce a gas called carbon monoxide, which is invisible and odorless. If trapped in a closed space, it can be harmful.
Tips for Safe Grilling:
- Always follow the instructions provided by the grill manufacturer when connecting or disconnecting gas containers and checking for leaks.
- Before each grilling session, make sure there are no gas leaks.
- Never use a grill indoors or under anything that can catch fire, like a house, tent, boat, camper, garage, or breezeway. Keep it at least 10 feet away from any enclosed space.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill to avoid accidents.
- Have a fire extinguisher nearby, just in case.
- Don't wear loose clothing while cooking.
- Stay a safe distance from the flames by using long-handled utensils.
- Always shut off the valve on the propane tank when you're done.
- After grilling, don't store the grill indoors with recently used coals.
Adapted from The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)