Keep Your Home and Loved Ones Safe from Fire
Safely Set Up and Maintain Your Grill
- Nothing should overhang the grill, including tree branches, as they could catch on fire easily.
- Do not keep any decorations near or on your grill. Artificial fibers catch and burn quickly.
- Keep a spray bottle and fire extinguisher nearby.
- A gas grill should never be used indoors as they produce carbon monoxide and create a fire hazard. Place your grill outdoors, at least ten feet away from the closest part of the house.
Prevent Fire While Cooking on Your Grill
- Never leave your grill unattended while in use.
- Always open your grill lid before turning on the gas. Leaving it closed will create a fireball that can explode once the lid is opened.
- Clean your grill often. Any materials left on the grill such as fat and grease can act as fuel for potential fires.
- Regularly check your grill for gas leaks. Make a 1:1 liquid dish soap and water solution and apply it to the hose. If bubbles form on the hose, your grill has a gas leak. If you smell gas while cooking, you have a leak. Move away from the grill and call your local fire department.
- Prevent children and pets from playing too near the grill while it’s in use.
Be Ready to Put Out a Grill Fire
If a minor fire flares up, you may be able to extinguish it with a spray bottle of water. A spray bottle cannot handle a larger fire, so it’s important to keep a fire extinguisher nearby as well. Practice using your fire extinguisher. Read the instructions and familiarize yourself with what to do in case of a fire. Hesitation or inability to correctly use a fire extinguisher will slow your reaction time, allowing more damage. The United States Occupational Health and Safety Administration provides a useful explanation on how to use fire extinguishers here.