Summer Fire Safety Tips

Barbecue Grill Safety Tips

During the summer season residents and visitors are likely to enjoy cooking on barbecue grills. St. Johns County Fire Rescue would like to offer the following safety tips:

  • Keep children and pets away from grills, both to prevent burn injuries and fires that may be caused by tipping the grill over.
  • With charcoal grills, be sure to use lighter fluids designed for charcoal grills, and never add fluid after the coals have be lit. Adding fluid after the coals are lit often results in a flare up that may burn those near the grill.
  • With gas grills, check all hose and tank connections to make sure they are not leaking before using the grill. Small leaks can be found by applying soapy water to the hoses and connections, and then looking for bubbles.
  • Follow manufacturer’s directions for lighting gas grills, leaving the gas on for several seconds while repeatedly attempting to light the grill may result in a flash fire when built up gas vapors suddenly ignite.