Don't forget the most important ingredient to any cookout: safety. Watch the video above featuring Food Network personality Sunny Anderson for some safety advice, and review the tips below.
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions. Whether it's assembly, use, maintenance, cleaning, or storage, make your grill manufacturer's instructions your go-to resource for safe grilling.
- Position the grill in a safe location. Keep your grill outdoors and at least five feet from the house on a level surface that is clear of outdoor furniture, overhead trees, or other potential fire hazards.
- Check for leaks. Use a soapy water solution to check connections for leaks. Expanding bubbles indicate a leak. Follow this procedure every time you replace a cylinder.
- Follow proper lighting procedures. Follow the manufacturer's lighting instructions, and will all grill models, keep the lid open and don't lean over the grill when lighting it.
- Follow proper relighting procedures. If your flame goes out, turn off the gas and refer to your owner's manual. At a minimum, with all grill models, keep the lid open and wait at least 15 minutes before relighting.
- Be present. Stay close and never leave your grill unattended.