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Six safety tips for outdoor grilling

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Summer is in full swing. The weather is heating up and so are the outdoor grills. With the Fourth of July holiday approaching, grill safety has become increasingly important. July is the peak month for grill fires, and June, May and August follow close behind.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, seven out of ten adults in the United States own a grill and an average of 10,600 home fires are started by grills each year. Fourth of July means family, friends, fun and food, but it also means that the chance of fires started by grills increases exponentially. Before your family and friends come together for a delicious meal, review these tips to ensure you stay safe while having a great time.

  • Only use propane and charcoal grills outdoors.
  • Place your grill away from your home, deck railings and hanging branches.
  • Children and pets should stay a minimum of three feet away from the grilling area.
  • Remove any grease and fat that has built up on the grill or the trays below.
  • Never leave the grill unattended.
  • Open your gas grill lid before lighting it.

Following these simple tips will give you the peace of mind to safely enjoy grilling your food and spending time with family and friends.