Barbeque Grill Safety

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General Precautions
  • Never leave a lit grill unattended.
  • All barbeque grills must only be used outdoors. Using grills indoors or in enclosed spaces is not only a fire hazard but it exposes occupants to toxic gasses and potential asphyxiation.
  • Always position the grill well away from combustible objects. Buildings, fences, deck railings and landscaping can easily and quickly ignite.
  • Be sure to place the grill a safe distance from other outdoor activities such as lawn games, play areas, foot traffic, pets and children.
  • Establish a 3-foot “safe zone” around the grill. Teach children that only adults are allowed in the grill zone.
  • Always use long-handled grilling utensils and heat-resistant oven mitts to avoid exposure burns from heat and flames.
  • Periodically remove grease build-up in catch trays to prevent it from igniting.
  • Grills should not be used on under overhangs of garages, homes or decks.
  • Have propane cylinders filled by a professional. Overfilled or leaking cylinders can have serious consequences.
  • Close the vents of the grill after you use it. If you’re using a propane grill, make sure the fuel source has been shut off. Always keep the cover on the grill when it is not in use.
  • If a fire starts on the grill, put the cover on the grill and turn off the heat source, if possible. Smother a grease fire. Do not use water.

Charcoal Grills

  • Only use approved charcoal lighter fluid for starting the grill.
  • Never use gasoline or flammable liquids to light charcoal.
  • Do not add lighter fluid to coals that have already been ignited.
  • Keep unused charcoal dry. Wet charcoal becomes a fire hazard as it dries out through the process of spontaneous combustion.
  • Before disposing of charcoal ashes, allow them to cool thoroughly. Ashes can still be hot for as long as seven days, so always keep them either in the grill or in a metal container until cool, then stir the ashes before disposal to make sure they are completely out.

Liquid Propane (LP) Gas Grills

  • Inspect the gas cylinder hose and connections for leaks before using the grill for the first time each year.
  • Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose and all connections, any leaks will be quickly revealed in the form of bubbles.
  • If you discover a leak either by smell or by the soap test and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank valve and the grill. If the leak stops, have the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the Fire Department.
  • If you smell gas while cooking or see any fire outside the grill box, immediately get away from the grill and call the Fire Department. Do not attempt to move the grill.

Grill Use in Multi-Family Dwellings in Eden Prairie

The City of Eden Prairie regulates the use of grills in multiple-family dwellings by ordinance. Whether you own or rent, if you live in a structure containing three or more dwelling units with at least two vertically stacked, the use of any fire or open flame is prohibited on any balcony above ground level, or on any ground level patio within 15 feet of the structure.