Make sure you are following proper safety practices when using grills this holiday weekend and throughout the rest of the summer. July is the peak month for grill fires followed by June, May and August.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal advises everyone to take these steps to help ensure a safe summer filled with everyone’s favorite grilled foods:
1. Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors,
2. The grill should be placed away from the home or deck railing, and out from under eaves of your home and overhanging tree branches,
3. Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area,
4. Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the frills and in trays below the grill,
5. Never leave your grill unattended,
6. Always make sure gas grill lids are open before lighting it
7. Check the gas tank on your propane grills and hoses for leaks each time before using,
8. If you smell gas while grilling, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department,
9. Make sure charcoal grill coals are cool before disposing of them in a metal container, and
10. Always have a fire extinguisher, bucket of water or garden hose nearby or know where you can access one quickly.
Learn more at https://www.nfpa.org/…/Seasonal-fire-causes/Grilling