Grilling Safety Tips
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Shop the BHG.com StoreGrilling is easy and fun, but remember that you're playing with fire. Think safety first and follow these 10 Commandments of Grill Safety.

  1. Be sure all parts of the grill are firmly in place and the grill is level and stable. Gas connectors, regulators, and other fittings should be in good condition and hooked up according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  2. Place your outdoor grill in an open, well-ventilated area (never in a garage, porch, or other enclosed area). Position the grill at least 10 feet away from any combustible material. Store all flammables away from the heat sources.
  3. Use only fire starters certified for use on an outdoor grill. Do not use gasoline, kerosene, or other flammable, nonfood-safe chemicals. Don't even think of applying any type of starter to hot or even warm coals.
  4. When using the grill, wear a long apron. Loose clothing can catch fire, and short sleeves and shorts leave you exposed to splatters and sparks.
  5. Use the right tools for the right job: heavy-duty, long-handled barbeque forks and tongs; barbeque baskets for smaller foods; and fireproof mitts.
  6. Never leave a lit grill unattended or try to move the grill while it's in use or hot.
  7. Make sure coals and ashes are dead before covering or storing a grill. Never dump hot or warm coals or wood out of a grill. Do not put recently used coals or wood in a trash can.
  8. Keep children and pets away from a hot grill.
  9. Let an electric starter cool on a fireproof surface before storing it.
  10. Keep a water-filed spray bottle on hand for minor flare-ups and a box of baking soda for grease flare-ups. An up-to-date and approved fire extinguisher should also be nearby.
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