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Posted on: July 2, 2019

Barbecue Safety Recommendations from the Lebanon Fire Department

Grilling is a fun family activity enjoyed by millions each year.  But it is not without its dangers.  Between 2013-2017 an average of 19,000 people went to the Emergency Department for injuries related to grilling.  Children under the age of 5 were involved in 2000 of these incidents each year.   


July is the peak month for fires involving grills.  Barbecue grills, charcoal and gas, contribute to 3600 structure fires and 5100 outside fires each year. 

Follow these safety recommendations when grilling to have a fun and safe family event.

  • Only use grills outside and never under an overhang or low branches.
  • Keep your grill 3-5ft. away from deck rails and your homes siding.  If possible, place the grill on a concrete surface.    
  • Clean the cooking surface of your grill before each use.  Remove excess grease from catch pans under the grill before cooking.
  • Never leave the grill unattended when cooking.
  • Open the lid of gas grills before lighting.  Gas can collect under a closed lid and cause an explosion. 
  • Check gas grills for leaks at the cylinder connection and hoses.  With the cylinder turned on, spray a mixture of water and soap at all connection points.  If you see bubbles, you have a leak.  Turn the gas cylinder off and do not use the grill until the leak is repaired.
  • If your grill catches on fire get away from it and call 911.   
  • If you use a fluid for igniting charcoal, only use approve charcoal lighter fluids.  Never use gas, oil, or other combustible fluids.
  • Allow charcoal to cool completely before disposing of the coals in a metal container.
  • Keep children and pets away from grills while cooking.

In the City of Lebanon, it is a violation of the fire code to use any grill or open flame on a deck or balcony of any apartment building. 

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