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Grilling safety tip

Fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers, is a welcome sight at the family
cookout. But fire anywhere else can make your summer kick-off barbecue
memorable for all the wrong reasons. To keep you and your family safe while
grilling, follow these general guidelines:

General grilling tips

•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 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.

Propane grills

Before you use your grill for the first time each year, be sure it’s in working
order and ready to use. A few simple guidelines can help:
•Check the major connection points between the gas (propane) tank hose and
the regulator and cylinder, and where the hose connects to the burners.
Tighten if loose.
•Check the gas (propane) tank hose for the potential (gas) leaks. To do that:
◦Turn the propane tank on. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose
using a brush or spray bottle. If there is a gas leak, the propane will release
bubbles around the hose (big enough to see).

•Once you’ve determined your grill has a gas leak by smell or by administering
the soapy bubble test and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and burners.
If the leak stops at that point, get the grill serviced by a professional before
using it again. If the leak doesn’t stop, call the fire department immediately.
•If you smell gas while cooking, move away from the grill and call the fire
department immediately. Do not move the grill.

Charcoal grills

•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.
Recreational Fires in the Village of Mundelein
Recreational fires are allowed within the Village of Mundelein, but the following rules must be

  • All fire must be in a manufactured fire place or fire pit, this includes those purchased or built by
    a landscape company

  • The fire must be at least 15 feet from any structure.

  • Fire shall be in backyards only, front and side yards are prohibited.

  • The fire must be attended at all times.

  • Only seasoned firewood may be used.

  • No landscape waste may be burned, this includes leaves, grass clippings, and twigs/branches.

  • The size of the fire shall be limited to a 3 foot by 3 foot pile.

  • You may be required to extinguish the fire if smoke travels into yours neighbors property.

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