The first, and arguably most important safety tip, is to be sure the grill is used outdoors and away from any structures. Carbon Monoxide can accumulate and be deadly, which is why it’s important to only cook outside in a well-ventilated area. Watch for walls, low hanging tree branches, decks, etc… The grill should be kept at a reasonable distance from any building or plants, where it is ventilated and free from debris. FEMA recommends at least three feet of distance from any structure. This will greatly decrease the risk of accidental fires.
On top of the grill being placed properly, it also needs to be checked for stability. Grills that are missing wheels, or are on uneven ground, have a higher chance of falling over. And if any part of the grill is missing or not in working order, it is best to get them replaced or buy a new one before doing any grilling.
Be sure to clean your grill after each use. Remove the oil, fat, and grease from the tray and dispose of it properly. Fat can heat up during grilling, and fires can occur once it melts and evaporates. And we’ve all heard of grease fires. They are as real as they are dangerous. This is why proper cleaning is so important. Also, be sure to remove the coals once they are cool enough to touch, and store them in a metal bin.