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Posted on: May 25, 2017

Grilling Safety Tips - Allegany County Department of Emergency Services

Allegany County Department of Emergency Services

Summer Safety: Outdoor Grilling

Over the Memorial Day weekend, many families and friends will take the opportunity to enjoy the season’s weather and take meals outside to the backyard, parks and campgrounds. Here are a few grilling safety tips to follow whenever you grill outdoors.


  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills must only be used outdoors. If used indoors, or in any enclosed spaces such as tents, they pose a fire hazard and a risk of exposing occupants to deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas, and foot traffic. Grills should be positioned at least 10 feet away from siding, deck railing, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep matches, lighters, and starter fluid out of the reach of children in a locked drawer or cabinet.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area; declare a minimum three-foot "kid-free / pet free zone" around the grill.
  • Use long barbeque mitts and long-handled grilling tools to protect the chef from heat and flames when cooking.
  • Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below the grill so it cannot be ignited by the hot grill.



For questions about this Allegany County Department of Emergency Services information,

contact Susan M. Lee, Deputy Director, Administration, slee@alleganygov.org, T 301-876-9155,

F 301-876-9160, 11400 PPG Road, SE, Cumberland, MD 21502-8718.

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