Grilling Safety in the Cove


There’s nothing like outdoor grilling. It’s one of the most popular ways to cook food. But, a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries.

Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.


  • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use: 
  • Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid.
  • Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire.
  • Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

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Please be considerate!

Please be considerate of your fellow residents
If you are griling on the beaches or just enjoying the lake, please clean up after yourself and leave the area in good condition for the next residents!

NFPA Grilling Safety flyer

Propane Grills

Check the gas tank hose for leaks
before using it for the first time each

Apply a light soap and water
solution to the hose. A propane leak will
release bubbles. If your grill has a gas
leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test,
and there is no flame, turn off both the
gas tank and the grill. If the leak stops,
get the grill serviced by a professional
before using it again. If the leak does
not stop, call the fire department. If you
smell gas while cooking, immediately
get away from the grill and call the
fire department. Do not move the grill.

If the flame goes out, turn the grill and
gas off and wait at least 5 minutes
before re-lighting it.

For a NFPA video on testing a propane grill, go to: