Standards Matter

Addressing Potential Damage and Injury from Outdoor Grill Flare-ups

UL Standards & Engagement
June 17, 2021

Man grilling outdoors

Why It Matters

For many, summer is incomplete without gathering friends and family to grill outdoors. While this fun activity is relatively safe for those who exercise proper precaution, it does carry hidden risks and dangers, such as flare-ups from sizzling food.

When the fat from grilling meat drips down onto the burners beneath the cooking surface of a grill, it can ignite. When this happens, flare-ups can occur. The combination of grease fire flare-ups and nearby combustible materials, such as gas cylinders, vinyl siding or loose clothing, can quickly become an emergency.

What We're Doing

Our standards for gas grills and accessories help to mitigate risks by requiring necessary safety systems. One of these standards, UL 147A, the Standard for Nonrefillable (Disposable) Type Fuel Gas Cylinder Assemblies, includes requirements for relief devices on nonrefillable gas cylinders to mitigate the risk of rupture or propulsion in the event of a fire, minimizing potential damage and harm to the grill and its user, should a flare-up occur.

How You Can Help

Our Standards are developed through a consensus-based process, which integrates scientific and testing expertise with input from our Standards Technical Panel (STP) members and stakeholders. STP members represent a variety of interests, including industry, academia, government, retail and manufacturing. If you are involved in the design, construction, sale or operation of outdoor grills, and you would like to help improve safety in your industry, please submit a proposal or apply to join an STP.