Yes, it’s hot outside, but many of us still like to grill outdoors in the summer months.  At least it doesn’t heat up the kitchen and the rest of the house.  Even though you’re cooking outside, you still need to take precautions whether you use a grill, BBQ, hibachi camp stove, or other similar cooking devices.  The Phoenix Fire Department gives these tips.


Gas Grill Safety Tips

You don’t have to worry as much with the “new propane gas tanks,” but you still need to be careful.  Propane gas is highly flammable and is responsible for hundreds of gas grill fires/explosions nationally.  The new safety standard for propane gas tanks requires that an "over-fill prevention device" be installed in new gas tanks.  If you have an old propane tank, you should trade it in for a safer tank.  

Before grilling, you’ll also want to check the grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks.  Keep gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease. And always keep propane gas containers upright and never store a spare gas container under or near the grill or indoors or even in a hot car or trunk.


Charcoal Grill Safety Tips

Never burn charcoal inside of homes, vehicles, tents, or campers due to carbon monoxide (CO) fumes, even if there’s ventilation. CO is a colorless, odorless gas that can accumulate to toxic levels in closed environments. Charcoal retains its heat so always soak coals with water after cooking to ensure the heat is removed from the fire.  Don’t use flammable liquids other than barbecue starter fluids and never add these fluids once you have started your BBQ. After you’re done grilling, only remove coal ashes after they’re completely cooled.  


Electric Grills

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions before using the grill.  Only use an extension cord (not recommended) properly rated for the amperage required for the grill.  Keep grill clean and free of grease buildup that may lead to a fire.