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OFM Pub Ed – Outdoor Grilling

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Barbecue grills are very popular, especially during the summer months.  It is important to remember that any time you cook with fire there is a chance of getting burned.


  • Always read the owner’s manual before using your grill and follow the assembly guidelines and safety procedures.
  • Barbecue grills are designed for outdoor use only.  Never barbecue in an enclosed area because carbon monoxide (CO), a gas produced when grilling, is deadly and can accumulate to dangerous levels in your home.
  • The grill should be placed away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
  • Set up your grill in an open area at least 10 feet away from buildings, overhead combustible surfaces, dry leaves, and brush.
  • Before using your grill make sure all parts are firmly in place and the grill is on a flat surface.


  • If you use starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluids out of reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • There are also electrical charcoal starters that do not use fire.
  • 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.
  • If your grill has a gas leak (smell or soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill).
  • If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 5 minutes before relighting it.


  • Do not leave starter fluid, lighters, or matches within the reach of children.
  • Use the proper tools. Long handled barbecue utensils and flame-retardant mitts will prevent burns from heat and flame.


  • Keep an eye on the grill, even after you have finished cooking.
  • When finished using your propane barbecue, always make sure that you not only turn off the barbecue but shut off the propane cylinder too.
  • Allow coals to cool for 48 hours before disposing of them.  If you are not able to wait, douse coals with plenty of water, and stir them to ensure that the coals are cool.  Never place coals in plastic, paper, or wooden containers.  Use a metal container with a tight-fitting lid to store your coals.