Tuesday, September 17, 2019
BBQ Safety Rules and Guidelines

BBQ Safety Rules & Guidelines


  • Read and know the safety instructions of the grills manufacturers’ operation manual and follow them. Set up the grill in an open area at least ten (10) feet away from the building, and away from dry leaves or brush.
  • Place the grill on a level surface away from low hanging trees, deck railings, sidings or any combustible materials
  • Do not use the grill in a breezeway, porch, balcony, roof or under any structure that can catch fire or is covered with vinyl siding.
  • Do not use the grill for a source of heat.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher within easy reach.
  • Use long handed barbecue tools and flame retardant mitts.
  • Do not wear loose clothing while grilling, and watch for dangling apron strings and shirt sleeves.
  • NEVER leave children or pets unattended near a hot grill.

Charcoal Grill

  • NEVER use gasoline or kerosene to start the charcoal.
  • Always use charcoal grills in a well ventilated area. Charcoal briquettes give off deadly carbon monoxide gas. (See below)
  • After using starter fluid, cap the container and move it away from the fire. Electric Start-Up devises are also acceptable.
  • Never store starter fluid or Propane bottles in an apartment or storage closet connected to the apartment.
  • NEVER add any type of flammable liquid starter once the coals are burning.

When you’re done with your grill, be sure to dispose of the used coals carefully. Used coal when improperly disposed of has started many fires, even when they were a day or more old. Since used coals can easily reignite when they are exposed to fresh; it is very important to follow the following precautions:

  • Allow coals to burn out completely and then let the ashes cool for 48 hours.
  • If you must dispose of the ashes before fully cooled, soak them completely in water before disposing.
  • To dispose of the ashes, wrap them in foil and put them in an empty non-combustible container.
  • Never store used coals inside, nor let them come in contact with any combustible material.
  • Leave the grill clean and ready for the next use.

Charcoal produces carbon monoxide (CO) when it is burned. CO is a colorless, odorless gas that can accumulate to toxic levels in closed environments. Each year about 30 people die as a result of CO fumes from charcoal being burned indoors or in a poorly ventilated area. To reduce thee CO poisoning, follow these safety tips:

  • Never burn charcoal inside the apartment.
  • Charcoal should never be used indoors, even if ventilation is provided.
  • Since charcoal produces CO fumes until the charcoal is completely extinguished, do not store the grill indoors with freshly used coals.

Gas Grill Safety Tips

Liquid petroleum (LP) gas or propane, used in gas grills, is highly flammable. Each year about 30 people are injured as a result of gas grill fires and explosions. Many of these fires and explosions that occurs when consumers first use a grill that has been left idle for a period of time, or just after refilling and reattaching the grill’s gas container. To reduce the risk of fire or explosion, you should routinely perform the following safety checks:

  • Check the tubes that lead into the burner for any blockage from insects, spiders or food accumulations. Use a pipe cleaner or wire to clean blockage and push it through to the main part of the burner.
  • Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.
  • Move gas hoses as far as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease. If you can’t move the hoses, install a heat shield to protect them.
  • Replace scratched or nicked connectors, which can eventually leak gas.
  • Check for gas leaks, following the manufacturer’s instructions, if you smell gas or when ever you reconnect the grill to the LP gas container. If you detect a leak, immediately turn off the gas and don’t attempt to light the grill until the leak is fixed.
  • Do not try to fix the valve on the gas container. Obtain a new tank from your gas dealer
  • Open the lid before starting the grill. Once it has been opened then turn on the gas and use the igniter. If it does not immediately light up the burners, shut off the gas and air out the grill before relighting the grill. This prevents a gas build-up which can lead to a possible explosion.
  • Keep lighted cigarettes, matches, candles or open flames away from a leaking grill.
  • Keep spare gas containers upright and away from the indoors and the grill.
  • Never keep a filled tank in a hot car or trunk. The higher temperatures will cause the gas pressure inside the tank to increase, which can allow gas to escape through a relief valve.
  • Never use a grill indoors. Use the grill at least 10 feet away from your house or any building. Do not use the grill in a garage, porch, balconies, and roof or under a surface that can catch fire.
  • Do not attempt to repair the tank valve or the appliance yourself. See an LP dealer or a qualified appliance repair person.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions that accompany the grill.
  • Make sure you close the gas valve when you are through using the grill.
  • Never store or use flammable liquid, like gasoline, near the grill.

Use caution when storing LP gas containers. Always keep containers upright.

To avoid accident while transporting LP gas containers, you should transport the tank in a secured upright position. Never keep a filled tank in a hot car or car trunk. Heat will cause the gas pressure to increase, which may open the relief valve and allow gas to escape.

Please use extreme caution and always follow manufacturer’s instructions when connecting and
disconnecting LP gas containers.

Purchase gas grills having the October 1, 1995 requirement to eliminate leak hazard which include: a device to limit the flow of gas in the event of hose rupture, a mechanism to shut-off the grill; and a feature to prevent the flow of gas if the connection between the tank and the grill is not leak proof.