7 Outdoor Cooking Safety Tips
- Keep children away from your grill/fire.
- Make sure your grill is level to avoid being tipped over. Keep a fire extinguisher or container of water nearby for quick extinguishing of the fire in case of emergency. Use oven mitts near flames to avoid burns.
- Decide what kind of apparatus you will use to cook: a gas powered camping stove, an open fire, or a grill. If camping, be sure to check any restrictions on open pit fires. If there are restrictions, you will need to find an alternative, like a camping stove.
- Keep charcoal one layer deep to keep food from burning. When lighting your grill or cooking device, choose a safe fire starter. The safest are those that are in cake form or charcoal electric starters. Never add fire starter after you have started your fire. The heat from the fire could ignite the stream of liquid and burn back to the container, causing it to explode in your hands.
- After cooking, fully extinguish your fire. If you are cooking on an open fire, soak your coals with water and dispose in a metal container in order to prevent fires.
- Leave your grill outside of your home, tent, or recreational vehicle. Carbon monoxide could be a danger, resulting in death.
- Dispose of bags of damp or wet charcoal immediately as it can spontaneously combust.