Grilling 101: The dos and don'ts outside

Whether your outside barbecue uses charcoal, wood, propane or natural gas, don't even think about firing it up until you are sure it's safe.

  • Thoroughly clean your grill each season. Grease buildup can cause a fire that cannot be easily extinguished.
  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your home or other combustible surfaces.
  • Never use a propane barbecue grill on a balcony, terrace or roof. It is both dangerous and illegal in many areas.


Each season, disassemble the gas lines between the shut-off valve and the burners. Scrub everything with soap and water and blow out using a high-pressure air nozzle.

The burners themselves need to be wire-brushed and all of those tiny holes need to be free of obstructions.

Check and secure all gas connections. A leak can be fatal.

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