Before you do, please compare your outdoor cooking practices with what Safe Kids USA recommends for keeping outdoor cooking accident and injury-free.
Cooking on a Top Grill
- Grills should only be used outdoors and at least 10 feet away from a house or any building.
- Do not use the grill in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or under a surface that can catch fire.
- The grill should be placed well away from deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill area by declaring a 3-foot “kid-free” safety zone around the grill.
- Grills should be kept clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grill itself and in the trays below the grill.
- Never leave a grill unattended.
- Keep lighted cigarettes, matches, or open flames away from the grill.
Cooking on Charcoal Grills
- If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the lit fire.
- Never burn charcoal inside of homes, vehicles, tents, or campers. Charcoal should never be used indoors, even if ventilation is provided.
- When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
- Since charcoal produces CO fumes until the charcoal is completely extinguished, do not store the grill indoors with freshly used coals.
- Store charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
Cooking on Gas Grills
- Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks.
- If you detect a leak, immediately turn off the gas and don’t attempt to light the grill until the leak is fixed.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when operating a gas grill.
- Never start a fire with gasoline or other flammable products.
Cooking outside is a fun, warm -weather activity as long as you take safety precautions.
Source: Safe Kids USA