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BBQ Safety



BEFORE You Barbecue:
  • Check your grill thoroughly for leaks, cracking or brittleness before using it.
  • Clean out the tubes that lead into the burner.
  • Make sure the grill is at least 10 feet away from your house, garage, or trees.
  • Store and use your grill on a large flat surface that cannot burn (i.e.- concrete or asphalt).
  • Don't use grills in a garage, porch, deck or on top of anything that can catch on fire.
  • Keep children away from fires and grills. Create a safety zone around the grill and instruct children to remain outside the zone. A chalk line works great for this purpose.
  • Have a fire extinguisher, a garden hose attached to a water supply, or at least 16-quarts of water close by in case of a fire.


DURING Your Barbecue:
  • Don't wear loose clothing that might catch fire.
  • Use long handled barbecue tools and/or flame resistant mitts.
  • Never use any flammable liquid other than a barbecue starter fluid to start or refresh a fire.
  • Never pour or squirt starter fluid onto an open flame. The flame can easily flashback along the fluid's path to the container in your hands.
  • Keep alcoholic beverages away from the grill, they are flammable!
  • Never leave the grill unattended.


AFTER Your Barbecue:
  • Always follow the manufacturer's cleaning and storing instructions that accompany the grill.
  • Keep your grill clean and free of grease buildup that may lead to a fire.
  • Never store liquid or pressurized fuels inside your home and/or near any possible sources of flame.


For more information on Barbecue safety tips or to download a printable version, click here

For questions about barbecue safety, please contact:

Turlock Fire Department
244 N. Broadway
Turlock, CA 95380-5454
(209) 668-5580
fire@turlock.ca.us
Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5PM
Closed daily 12PM - 1PM




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