Firing-Up the Grill vs. Fire On the Grill Written by April McBriarty-Weismann on 6/18/2012 11:46 AM in Grill safety tips, charcoal grill safety, gas grill safety. It has 0 Comments. As grilling season is relatively short in New Hampshire, many residents make the most of the season by cooking as much as possible outside. Grilling can add flavor to food and help keep the house cool by not having to use the oven, but as with anything to do with fire, precautions need to be taken. Here are a few safety tips that should be followed according to the National Fire & Protection Agency: Basic Grilling Safety Tips All grills should be used outdoors and in a well ventilated area. The grill should be placed well away from the home and deck railings. It should also be out from under eaves and overhanging branches. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from grill area. Caution children about balls, toys, etc around the grill. Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grill and in trays below the grill. Never leave your grill unattended. Be aware of where a fire extinguisher is kept. Don't wear loose clothing while grilling. Charcoal Grill Safety Tips If you use starter fluid, use only lighter fluid designed for charcoal. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid to the fire itself. Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from a heat source. When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing of them in a metal container. Propane Grill Safety Tips When lighting a gas grill, always keep the lid open to prevent a flash fire from gas build-up. Check the gas tank hose for leaks each year before it's first use by doing the soapy bubble test. Soapy Bubble Test: Apply a light soap and water solution to hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while you are cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill. July is the peak month for grill fires, but with a little preparation you can keep you, your family and dinner safe. For an intense image of the fire department trying to put out a grill fire, open this YouTube video "Putting Out Gas Grill Fire With Water." For more information about grilling safety, visit the National Fire Protection Association web site.