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Celebrate with These Tips!

The Barbecue Council founded National Barbecue Month in 1963 to encourage outdoor cooking. Since then, grilling and barbecuing have increased in popularity. In fact, in 2019, about 1.36 billion U.S. dollars worth of grills and barbecues were sold in the United States. If you are getting ready to enjoy some delicious recipes on the grill this year, please keep these safety tips in mind to avoid spoiling the fun.   

Tips to Keep your Outdoor Barbeque Safe

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.

  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.

  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.

  • Keep your grill outside. Gas and charcoal grills can produce carbon monoxide and other dangerous toxins.

  • Protect yourself with grilling gloves and utensils with long handles to keep your hands and arms safe.

  • Avoid wearing loose or hanging clothing that could inadvertently come in contact with the flames.

  • Man the fire! Don’t leave the grill unattended when flames are still present or the grill is still hot.

  • Keep children and pets at a safe distance away — even after you’re finished cooking.

  • Shut down your grill correctly. For a gas grill, this means turning off the burners and the fuel supply. For a charcoal grill, wait for the coals to stop burning and cool down completely.

For additional safety tips:

National Fire Protection