Grill Safety Tips from the State Fire Marshal

The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal is reminding Illinoisans to make sure they are following proper safety practices when using their grills during the upcoming July 4th holiday and throughout the rest of the summer. July is the peak month for grill fires followed by June, May and August.

Here are some steps you can take to help ensure a safe summer filled with everyone’s favorite grilled foods:

  • Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed away from the home or deck railing, and out from under the eaves of your home and overhanging tree branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure gas grill lids are open before lighting it.
  • Check the gas tank on your propane grills and hoses for leaks each time before using.
  • If you smell gas while grilling, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department.
  • Make sure charcoal grill coals are cool before disposing of them in a metal container.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher, bucket of water, or garden hose nearby, or know where you can access one quickly.

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