As summer quickly approaches in Rochester, it is time to fire up the grill to get a nice BBQ going! While BBQ’ing may sound easy enough, it is important to remember that it can be just as dangerous cooking with an open flame.

There are two types of grilling. The first uses coals, charcoal, (which is what you can use to cook on the grills behind Gracie’s) and the second which uses gas (these are typically larger grills and are bought for apartments).

Charcoal grills  can be reserved on campus through FMS, they deliver the grill and then collect it after coals have cooled for proper disposal. Stationary grills such as those behind Gracie’s typically are typically open for use unless they are reserved for a club or organization.

When grilling please remember:

  • Lighter Fluid,propane, and charcoal SHOULD NOT be stored inside buildings.
  •  When grilling, ensure that the grill is positioned safely away from nearby building to prevent smoke from entering building openings and activating fire alarm.
  • For best results when grilling with charcoal, pour lighter fluid on the coals a few minutes before you will need to light the grill allowing time for the fluid to soak into the coals.
  • Once the charcoal has been ignited, never refuel by pouring lighter fluid on the hot coals to get more flame.  The flame can follow the lighter fluid stream back to the bottle causing it to burst into flames, causing severe injuries.
  • Fame flare-ups can be controlled by gently spraying water, such as with a water bottle.  Always have a water source when grilling.
  •  If fire gets out of hand due to grease you may need to use a fire extinguisher to put the fire out. Pouring water on a grease fire will spread the fire.

What is your favorite food to grill?

Happy grilling and don’t forget to invite us!

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