Grill Safety

Urbana Fire Rescue Services would like to remind you to be careful when grilling. Grilling causes an average of 1500 structure fires and 4800 outdoor fires a year. Here are some tips to follow.

  • Designate a “kid’s free zone around the grill until it is completely cooled. Never leave a grill unattended when it is hot if there are children or pets present.
  • Keep the grill at least 3 feet from other objects i.e. buildings, shrubs, and bushes.
  • Never use gasoline or kerosene to light a charcoal fire.
  • Never attempt to restart a flame by adding fluid to an already lit grill.
  • Dispose of charcoal away from children and pets, cool with a hose. Make sure coals are completely cooled before disposing of them.
  • Use insulated, flame retardant mitts or long handled tongs and utensils. Temperatures of coals can reach 1000 degrees.
  • Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks. Make sure there are no kinks in the line.
  • Check the tubes into the burner for any blockage from insects, spiders, or grease. Use a pipe cleaner to clear any obstructions.
  • Follow the manufactures instructions. Manufacturers will usually replace the manual at no charge if you misplaced it.
  • If you smell gas, turn off the gas immediately and do not attempt to light until leak has been fixed. Never use a match to look for a leak.
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Created on: Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 15:45
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- Contributors: FemiF