The following tips will ensure your safety when grilling in the great outdoors:
- Keep flammable materials such as leaves and other debris away from the grill.# Also, keep the grill a safe distance from your house or car.
- Don”t leave a grill unattended.# Keep children and pets away from cooking areas.
- Use only lighter fluid specifically made for starting charcoal fires.# Don”t use gasoline; it can explode.# Don”t add starter fluid of any kind after charcoals are lit.
- If you have a house with a deck, make sure supporting posts are in good condition.# Don”t overload the deck.# Remember, accidents involving decks may be covered by your homeowners liability policy.
- Use outdoor grills where they belong — outdoors.# Charcoal fires give off carbon monoxide, which can reach toxic levels in an enclosed space.
- However, Georgia law states that “No charcoal or liquefied petroleum gas or liquid-fueled burners shall be kindled or maintained on balconies or within 10 feet of combustible patios on ground floors.”## That means no cooking is allowed on apartment balconies.#Check with your complex to see if they have a common grilling area for residents that is safely away from the residential area.
When camping, refer to these safety tips:
- If the campsite has a designated campfire ring, use it.# If not, use a shovel to clear a 10-foot area of all leaves, grass and any other material that might burn.# Scoop out a shallow hole in the center of the cleared area and place rocks around it.
- Never leave a campfire burning unattended, even for a few minutes.
- Keep all flammable objects (matches, food wrappings, plastic sheets, tents, etc.) away from the campfire.
- Be sure your campfire is out before you leave.# Soak it with water, mix ashes with the soil, and soak again.# Take extra care with partially burned wood; hot embers can re-ignite hours later.