There is a lot that can go wrong when you transport and poke hot coals. Unfortunately, that's the cost of doing business when you grill or smoke meats.
But there's an ingenious (and cheap) way to protect your hands, and it's by simply using a pair of leather welding gloves. No need to burn off your arm hair when you have a flareup with those fatty burgers you like cooking.
You can get 6 pairs for only $11 on Amazon, and they work remarkably well. They cover not only the hands, but also the wrist and up the forearm as well.