Saint Louis University

Barbecue Safety

Use barbecue grills safely:

  • Do not use unapproved grills anywhere on campus.
  • Grills have been placed a safe distance from apartments and buildings.
  • Do not play lawn games near grills that are being used.
  • Keep people and pets away from the grill area by declaring a 3-foot "free space zone" around the grill.
  • Put out several long-handled grilling tools to give the chef plenty of clearance from heat and flames when cooking food.
  • Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below grill so it cannot be ignited by a hot grill.
  • Use only outdoors! If used indoors, or in any enclosed spaces, such as tents, barbecue grills pose both a fire hazard and the risk of exposing occupants to carbon monoxide.

With charcoal grills:

  • Purchase the proper starter fluid and store away from heat sources.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals or kindling have already been ignited, and never use any flammable or combustible liquid other than charcoal starter fluid to get the fire going.
  • Treat a burn right away, putting it in cool water. Cool the burn for 3 to 5 minutes. If the burn is bigger than your fist or if you have any questions about how to treat it, seek medical attention right away.

If a barbeque fire gets out of hand contact the Department of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness at (314) 977-3000 immediately to get assistance.


Modified from U.S. Fire Administration information

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