Grilling Safety

Monday, May 20th, 2019
Grilling is a popular way to celebrate the summer season in Central Texas. But before you light your grill, we want to be sure you know how to keep your family and guests safe!

ALL AROUND SAFETY — Follow these basics for all gas, charcoal, and wood-burning grills:

  • Never grill under a covered patio, pavilion, or tent, or inside a garage.
  • Keep your grill clean. Remove grease or fat drippings from the grate and the trays below.
  • Only use grills at least 10 feet from anything that can burn, including deck railing, fences, tree branches, bushes, homes, and eaves.
  • Don’t leave a grill unattended. Set a timer so you don’t forget the grill is lit. If you ever have to briefly walk away, take something with you like a spatula as a reminder to return quickly.
  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill. Restrict any horseplay.
  • Always keep lighter fluid well out of reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • If you live in an apartment complex in the Travis County ESD2 community, open-flame grills are strictly forbidden in and around the units and they cannot be stored or used within 10 feet of any apartment building.


  • If you use a starter fluid, only use CHARCOAL starter fluid. Once the fire is going, never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquid to the fire.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before removing them or throwing them away. They must cool in a metal container.


  • Make sure the lid is open before lighting a gas grill, to prevent gas buildup.
  • If the flame goes out while cooking, turn the grill and the gas off. Wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it.
  • If it’s been a few months since you used your grill, check the gas tank hose for leaks. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose; a propane leak will release bubbles. If you find a leak either by a smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and the grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional. If the leak doesn’t stop, call 9-1-1. If you smell gas while cooking with a grill, immediately get away from the grill, and call 9-1-1. Do not try to move the grill.