Many residents may be inclined to fire up the barbeque for a taste of summer.  The Chiefs Office of the Mineola Fire Department would like to remind residents of some safety tips for outdoor grilling:


  • Check hoses for leaks, tears, or wearing at ends before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose and turn gas on. If you can smell gas or see bubbles coming from the soap on your hose, you have a leak! Immediately shut the gas off and get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If you cannot stop the leak by shutting off the gas, notify the fire department.

  • Clean your grill by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors. They are not to be used on balconies/terraces

  • 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.

  • Be careful of loose clothing around open flames

  • Never leave your grill unattended.

  • Allow your grill to cool before placing the cover on the grill.

Propane Tanks:

When refilling or exchanging your tank make sure to secure it upright in your vehicle and limit the time you keep the tank inside your car.  (Another option is a delivery service such as your local Garden Center who can safely deliver a full tank to your home) 

  • Do not store your propane tank inside your home/ garage

  • Do not store an additional spare tank underneath your propane grill.

  • When not in use, turn off your propane tank.

In the event of an emergency:  Immediately notify the Fire Department Call 742-3300

  • Do not attempt to move the grill.
  • If you can safely do so, close the lid to contain the fire and/or shut down the propane tank.
  • Do not attempt to extinguish the fire with water as grease fires can spread with water.

BBQ Safety Tips