Grill Outdoors and Away From Any Structures
Did you know your grill should be at least 10 feet away from your house? The farther away, the better. If you’re staying in a beach home with a grill, you may find the grill underneath a carport or a covered porch. If you can, relocate the grill to a more open area. Be sure not to use underneath a wooden overhang either!
Keep Decorations Away From Your Grill
While balloons and umbrellas provide a fun backdrop for your summer grilling fun, they also provide fuel for a fire. These are normally made of fibers that burn fast and hot, so set them up as far away from the grill as possible.
Have a Fire Extinguisher Nearby
It’s important to keep a fire extinguisher on hand in case you need to put out a fire. Having baking soda on hand will also help control a grease fire. Never use water to put out a grease fire!
Check for Gas Leaks
If you are grilling on a gas grill, checking for gas leaks only takes a couple of minutes and is an important step to staying safe. To test this, make a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water. Rub it on the hoses and connections, then turn the gas on with the grill lid open. If the soap forms large bubbles, then the hoses have tiny holes or the connections are not tight enough.