Following are some important grilling safety tips:
- All grills (charcoal and propane) must be placed a minimum of 10ft. from any building. The further the better.
- No grills of any kind are permitted above ground level such as a balcony or deck. If you live on the second or third story of an apartment you must take your grill to ground level.
- Be mindful of where the smoke from your grill is going. You might have to adjust the location of a grill to please your neighbors depending on the wind conditions.
- Clean your grill. Grease and other gunk can catch fire inside your grill if you let it build up.
- Always keep a close eye on your grill when you are cooking. Just because its outside doesn’t mean it’s safe.
- No grilling indoors or in your garage. (Believe it or not, I have seen people use smaller propane or even charcoal grills in a house!)
Many garage fires have started by a grill that was hastily put in a garage while it was still hot. Charcoal grills can stay hot enough to start a fire for hours after you are done cooking on them. Let’s all do our part to keep this grilling season a safe one!