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Summer is here and you know what that means: cookouts, cookouts, and more cookouts.

In 2007-2011 US fire departments responded to an average of 8,800 homes and outside fires

More than 27% of the home structure fires involving grilling started on a courtyard, terrace, or patio. 29% started on an exterior balcony or open porch

July is the peak month for grill fires

Here are some safety tips to insure that your BBQ won’t be memorable for all the wrong reasons.

  • You should only use propane and charcoal grills outdoors
  • The grill should be placed away from the home and away from branches and leaves.
  • Always keep children and pets away from the grilling area and never leave the grill unattended
  • Keep your grill clean by removing fat buildup or grease


Charcoal Grills- There are many ways to get charcoal ready to grill but charcoal chimney starters seem to be the easiest. They allow you to start the charcoal by using newspaper as fuel.  Always keep the charcoal fuel fluid away from children and heat sources. When you are finished grilling always make sure the coals are completely cooled before disposing into a metal container.

Propane Grills- Before you use the grill for the first time each year’s always check the gas tank hose for leaks. To do this, apply water with a small amount of soap in it to the hose. If your tank has a leak it will release bubbles. If you ever smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire apartment. Do not move the grill.

Follow these tips and precautions to make sure your cookout will be the best and safest around.

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