Source Fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers, is a welcome sight at the family
cookout. But fire anywhere else can make your summer kick-off barbecue memorable for all the
- Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
- The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from
under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in
trays below the grill.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney
starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
- If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal
fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
- Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
- There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use
an extension cord for outdoor use.
- When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing
in a metal container.
- Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.
- Apply a light
soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles.
your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no
flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill
serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop,
call the fire department.
- If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away
from the grill and call the fire department. Do not
move the grill.