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Summer is one of the best times for grilling outdoors. But remember, grilling is an open flame. Here are a few safety tips to make sure your summer fun goes uninterrupted!

  • Charcoal and Propane grills should be used outdoors only.
  • The grill should be placed away from your house, away from deck railings, and not under eaves or overhanging branches and shades.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area and make sure to watch them if they are playing outside.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.

Charcoal Grills

There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.

  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources. When not in use lock safely in your garage or shed.
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

Propane Grills

  • Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.
  • Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose.
  • A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
  • If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it.

For other safety tips on Home Fire Prevention, Arson Prevention, and more, check out our “Fire Prevention” tab in the menu or click on the image below!

Have fun this summer, North Myrtle Beach!