Cooking Outdoors

Grilling in your backyard or cooking over an open fire at camp is a great way to enjoy a meal, but also has the potential for contact burns, scalds or grease fires. Follow these tips to enjoy your next outdoor meal.

No water

Did you know?

If there is a grease fire, never use water to put it out. Water will only spread the fire. The best way to put out a grease fire is to smother it.

Cooking on a Grill

  • Find a safe spot to cook, and never grill inside a porch or garage.
  • Do not allow kids to play nearby.
  • Once your grill is started, never add more lighter fluid.
  • Never leave the grill unattended while cooking.
  • Use long-handled cooking tools.
  • Have a fire extinguisher on hand.

Cooking Over an Open Fire

  • Find a safe spot to cook, away from anything flammable.
  • Do not allow kids to play nearby.
  • For the most consistent heat, let the fire burn down.
  • Never leave the fire unattended while cooking.
  • If you're frying, watch out for grease splatter.
  • If possible, use long-handled cooking tools.

After the Meal

When you're done cooking, it's important to put the fire out properly so the area can cool as quickly as possible. Remember, even if the meal is long over, coals can stay hot for up to 24 hours.

  • Open all grill vents, and allow the coals to cool thoroughly for at least 48 hours.
  • Keep children away from grilling/cooking spot until you know it has cooled.
  • If disposing of hot coals, place them in an appropriate container (usually it will be marked), or wrap them thoroughly with aluminum foil and place them in a metal garbage can that does not contain flammable or combustible materials.

Never Forget

Many accidents that we see can be prevented by following one simple rule... Drink responsibly. Alcohol affects judgment, coordination, balance, and can increase your chances of having an avoidable accident.