Grilling outside is a favorite summer activity, but if not done safely, it can be dangerous. The Fire Code does not allow for cooking grills on decks of multifamily units (More than 2 units). The following tips will help you stay safe when enjoying outdoor cooking:
Grills should be used and stored at least 15 feet away from any building or combustibles. Grills should never be used on wooden patios or under overhangs of garages, homes or decks.
Establish a grill safe zone 5 to 6 feet around the grill. Teach your children that only adults are allowed in the grill zone.
Have propane cylinders filled by a professional. Overfilled tanks or cylinders that leak often have serious consequences.
Keep charcoal briquettes stored in a metal container with a secured lid. Charcoal briquettes can self ignite under the right conditions.
Never use gasoline to start a grill or use lighter fluid to stoke a fire.
Close the vents of the grill after you use it and if it is a propane grill make sure the fuel source has been shut off.
If a fire starts on the grill, put the cover on the grill and turn off the heat source if possible (electric or propane grills). Smother a grease fire. Do not use water. Always keep the cover on the grill when it is not in use.
Keep matches, lighters and lighter fluid in a secured place away from children. Teach children that these items are not toys. They are tools and are for adult use only.