Outdoor grill safety tips

Monthly Safety Tip from your Black Hawk College Safety Committee

Outdoor grill safety tips

There is no better time to enjoy food than grilling out with family and friends.

Prior to using your grill, check to see if your grill has been recalled. Visit SaferProducts.gov. If your grill has been recalled. Stop using it until it is properly repaired or replaced.

Stay safe by following the outdoor safety tips:

  1. Use grills outside only! Never use a grill indoors or in a breezeway, carport, porch and garage or near or under a surface that will burn. Keep away from your home, deck, railings, eaves and tree branches.
  2. Be sure your grill is on even ground and well balanced.
  3. Using a charcoal grill? There are several ways to get the charcoal ready for use. Charcoal chimney starters help start the charcoal by using newspaper as a fuel. Starter fluid (only use charcoal starter fluid) can be used, however, never add the charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. Keep the charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from all heat sources. There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure you use an extension cord for outdoor use. When you’re finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing of them in a metal container.
  4. If you are using a gas or propane grill, inspect the hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing and that all connections are secure. Replace if necessary. Keep the grill hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease.
  5. Check for gas leaks.  Brush a soapy solution at the connection.  If bubbles appear there is a leak. Try tightening the tank. If that does not stop the leak, close the gas valve and have the grill repaired by a professional. Check here to watch how to check for leaks with your propane grill.
  6. As you are cooking, if you smell gas, turn off the gas tank and burners. If the smell continues, move away from the grill and call the fire department immediately. Do not move the grill.
  7. Is your grill clean? Regularly cleaning the grill will reduce the risk of flare-ups and grease fires. Remove grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill. Check your Owner’s Manual for details on cleaning your grill and cleaning the grease trap.
  8. Never leave a grill unattended. If a flare-up occurs, adjust the controls on the gas/propane grill or spread out the coals on a charcoal grill to lower the temperature. If a grease fire occurs, turn off the gas grill and use baking soda and or a kitchen fire extinguisher to put out the fire.  Use long handled cooking utensils to prevent burns from flare ups.
  9. Outside surfaces of a grill can get extremely hot and burn when touched. Keep children and pets away from the grill area. Also keep your grill away from play areas and high foot traffic areas.

Enjoy grilling!

Disclaimer: These tips have been provided as general information for increasing safety awareness and for informational purposes only. Black Hawk College does not accept any liability for the information or advice (or the use of such information or advice) that is provided. We make every effort to insure the integrity and validity of the data provided. Always, check with your care provider before making any changes.