Backyard grilling and firepit safety tips

June 25, 2021

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During this pandemic, we’ve seen a lot of families spending more time at home and enjoying the Portland sunshine from their own backyards.

To accompany your backyard camping and other family-safe neighborhood activities, here are a few fire tips to keep BBQs and firepits safe for everyone around during COVID-19. 


Grilling Safety

  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from the house.
  • Clean your grill. Grease and fat can buildup, which can lead to more fuel for a fire.
  • Check the gas line regularly. Make sure it is secure and there are no leaks.
  • Keep water nearby. A backyard hose is a great option!
  • Keep an eye on it, don’t leave your grill unattended.
  • Keep your grill outdoors, in uncovered areas. 


Firepit Safety

  • Avoid windy places or spaces covered by trees or awnings. Finding a space that is open and clear is important.
  • Don’t use flammable fluids (gasoline, lighter fluid, etc.) to light or relight fires.
  • Always keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the fire. Always supervise them.
  • Keep plenty of water nearby, in case of emergencies.
  • Never leave a fire or embers unattended. Fires should always be fully extinguished before leaving.
  • Make sure all chairs and seating are safely positioned around the fire, so people can move freely without getting too close to the flames. 


This summer may look a little different, but we can still find ways to get outside, enjoy some exercise and fresh air, and spend time with the family. Want more summer safety tips? Here are some good prevention tips from Randall Children’s Hospital Trauma and Injury Prevention Program

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