Fire Up the Grill
The position of your grill is extremely important. If it is too close to your home or stored on a wood porch, it could present a fire hazard. You'll also want to keep it several feet away from your outside dining or sitting area. Before purchasing a grill, think about how often you will use it and where it will be stored. If you'll only use it occasionally, your best bet is probably a grill that is on wheels and can be stored in a shed or garage.
Purchasing a grill can be a confusing task because there are so many options available. Some are natural-gas powered, while others use propane gas or charcoal. Also, to lengthen the life of charcoal or smoking chips, keep them dry and raised.
If you'll be grilling near children, take extra caution with matches, lighter fluid, and all flammable materials. Warn children that the grill will remain extremely hot for a long time after use. Grill tools are also often sharp and dangerous, so these should be carefully tucked away after use.
You can purchase a small, lockable storage chest to keep on your deck or patio. Inside, you can store items such as citronella candles, grilling utensils, matches and other items. If you store anything flammable in this chest, make sure to keep all cloth products and sporting equipment in another area.
Propane gas is a fire hazard. Do not store propane tanks in your home. A shed is a better option. If storage of flammable materials is a problem, you might want a gas grill that can be installed on your deck and connected to your home's gas supply. With a direct gas line, you can fire up the grill instantly without charcoal or propane.