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Before You Fire Up the Grill...

Timothy Gautreau Jr

Woman grilling   Many people will be firing up their grills this Memorial Day weekend and      throughout the summer.

With grilling season set to be in full force, take time to review a few safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) to protect yourself and your guests from a fire or burn injuries:

·         Only use your grill outside;

·         Keep it away from siding and deck rails;

·         Keep a 3-foot safe zone around your grill to keep kids and pets safe;

·         Clean your grill after each use to remove grease, which can start a fire;

·         Place the coals from your grill in a metal can with a lid once they have cooled;

·         Open your gas grill before lighting; and

·         Keep an eye on your grill fire pit or patio torches.

Before you fire up your grill, check out USFA’s animation on grilling safety.  

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