Source: AgriLife Today
Some outdoor grilling fire safety tips offered by AgriLife Extension and the National Fire Protection Association include:
- Setting up the grill on a concrete surface or on ground where grass and vegetation in the area are trimmed and there are no dry leaves, brush, mulch piles or other combustibles nearby.
- Placing the grill in an open area away from deck railings, eaves and overhanging branches or other combustible surfaces.
- If using a gas grill, checking for leaks and make sure hose connections are tight.
- Placing the grill at least 10 feet away from your house or building, and do not grill in a garage or under a carport or other surface that might catch fire.
- Keeping young children and pets at least 3 feet from the grill.
- Removing any grease or fat buildup from the grill and/or in the trays below the grill.
- Keeping charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
- Never leaving the grill unattended once the fire has been lit.
- Not attempting to move a hot grill.
- Keeping a multi-purpose fire extinguisher within reach.
- Using flame-retardant mitts and grilling tools with long handles instead of household forks or short-handled tongs.
- When finished grilling, letting the coals completely cool before disposing, and use a metal container for disposal.
- If using a liquid propane grill, taking extreme caution and always follow manufacturer recommendations for connecting or disconnecting the tank