Fire Safety/Barbeques





                               FIRE SAFETY/BARBEQUES




Barbecue season is finally here! There are a few things to watch out for when cooking outdoors so that you enjoy yourself and stay safe!

Charcoal Grills

BEFORE barbequing check your grill thoroughly for leaks, cracking, or brittleness before using it.  Always clean out the tubes that lead into the burner.  Please make sure the grill is a least 10 feet away from your house, garage, or trees.  Never use grills in a garage, porch, deck, or on top of anything that can catch on fire.  Keep your children away from fires and grills.  It is a good idea to establish a safety zone around the grill and instruct children to remain outside the zone.  A chalk line works great for this purpose.  Have a fire extinguisher, a garden hose attached to a water supply, or at least 16 quarts of water close by in case of fire.

DURING barbequing use long handled barbecue tools and/or flame resistant mitts.  Don’t wear loose clothing that might catch on fire.  Never use any flammable liquid other than a barbecue starter fluid to start or freshen a fire.  Don’t pour or squirt starter fluid onto an open flame.  The flames can easily flashback along the fluid’s path to the container in your hands.  Remember that alcoholic beverages are flammable so keep them away from the grill and never leave your grill unattended.

AFTER barbequing follow the manufacturer’s cleaning and storing instructions that accompany the grill.  Make sure your grill is clean and free of grease buildup that may lead to fire.  Never store liquid or pressurized fuels inside your home and/or near any possible sources of flame.


1.    For PROPANE Grills - turn off the burners.  If you can safely reach the tank valve turn it off.

2.    For CHARCOAL Grills - close the grill lid. Disconnect the power to ELECTRIC Grills.

3.    If the fire involves the tank, leave it alone, evacuate the area and DIAL 911.
If there is any type of fire that either threatens your personal safety or endangers property,

4.    NEVER attempt to extinguish a grease fire with water. It will only cause the flames to flare up. Use an approved portable fire extinguisher.

The CMFPD Board of Trustees hopes you find these tips helpful.


Mike Petullo CEM Chairman

CMFPD Board of Trustees