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Grilling Safety Tips

Grilling Safety Tips


Spring is here and the sun is out, which means it's time to start firing up the grill. Cookouts are a great way to spend time with friends and family outside while enjoying the nice weather.

Before you fire up the grill, keep in mind these safety tips:

  • Put the grill far enough away from the house, deck railings, and any tree branches that could easily catch fire
  • Clean the grill, removing grease and fat build up before starting to cook
  • Don’t wear loose fitting clothing near an open flame
  • Stand by the grill at all times while cooking and use long-handled utensils to avoid burns and splatters
  • Always keep an eye on the kids and don't let them near the grill area
  • If you use a gas grill, never store the cylinders in closed spaces. Always store your tanks in outdoor, ventilated areas
  • You can use lighter fluid, but you should never use gasoline or kerosene as they are too flammable and dangerous to use around fires. And never pour lighter fluid onto a lit fire.
  • If you are using a charcoal grill, remember to let the coals completely cool before placing them in a metal container. The coals you use will remain hot for 12-24 hours. Practice caution, especially with young children, long after you've finished grilling to avoid burns.

"Burns on the hands can be very serious," says Tracey Dechert, MD, FACS. "If an emergency arises, remember to call 911."