For safe outdoor cooking, remember to keep the following in mind:
- Check grills before the first barbecue. Hoses and valves should be examined for cracks and leaks. Use a thin wire coat hanger to clean a clogged valve.
- Install or place grills on level ground at least 20 feet away from a house or any other structure.
- Make sure the area near the grill is free from combustible materials such as pine needles or leaves.
- Never use a grill indoors or in any enclosed areas, including a garage, because dangerous carbon monoxide gas can accumulate to unhealthy levels.
- When lighting a natural gas grill, always keep the lid open.
- Always follow the manufacturer's instructions that accompany the grill.