Charcoal Grilling Safety Tips:

-When using barbecue grills on decks or patios, be sure to leave sufficient space from siding and leaves.

-Place your grill at least 15 feet from any building.

-If you live in an apartment, place your grill on a parking lot or section of lawn far away from buildings and flammable items.

-Grill only on a flat surface that can’t catch fire.

-Never use gasoline, alcohol, or kerosene to start your coals.

-Do not add lighter fluid once your coals are on fire, glowing or smoldering.

-Close the grill lid and any vents tightly.

-Do not move the grill or remove the coals unless you can safely transfer the coals to a stainless steel container.

Soak the Coals when grilling is finished,

-Keep in mind that charcoal, when burned in grills, produces carbon monoxide (CO). CO is a colorless, odorless gas that can accumulate to toxic levels in closed environments. Each year about 17 people die as a result of CO fumes from charcoal being burned indoors or in a poorly ventilated area. To reduce the risk of CO poisoning:

-Never burn charcoal inside of homes, vehicles, tents, or campers, even if ventilation is provided, it’s just not worth the risk.