Fire Safety Tips for Grilling

July is the peak month for grill fires. Every year, around 5,700 grill fires take place on residential property, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Roughly half of the injuries involving grills are thermal burns. Please review the safety tips for grilling below:

• Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
• Always make sure grill lid is open before lighting.
• Check for gas leaks and cracks in hoses. Run a soap and water solution along hoses and at connections.
• Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house or other structures.
• Keep a spray bottle of water handy.
• Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple of steps of your grill and know how to use it!
• Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill area.
• Never leave a grill unattended. Fires double in size every minute.
• Never use a grill indoors.
• If you use a starter fluid, only use charcoal starter fluid. After lighting the grill, keep starter fluid away from the fire.

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