Summer Grill Safety

There's no denying that grilling is thrilling. With summer upon us, 'tis the season to get your grill on. From pool parties to barbecues, it's just not a summer celebration without a grill. Before you light up your grill - keep this in mind. Almost 60 percent of grill fires happen on residential properties during the summer months. Such fires can lead to property damage, injury and death. Here are some helpful hints for keeping your family and friends safe during outdoor occasions. Come rain or shine, grills are meant to be used outside. Always park your grill at least 10 feet away from any house or dwelling. Don't use the grill in a garage, carport, porch, breezeway or any other area with an overhead that can catch fire. Make sure you grill on a level surface.

Keep children and animals away from the grill. Don't ever leave the grill unattended - that's a good way for your children to get burned. If you're using a gas grill, secure the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line. If you suspect a leak, turn off the gas immediately. Do not use a match to check for leaks. Never allow a child to prepare food on a grill. Lit cigarettes, matches and open flames should be kept away from the grill. Keep an eye on children to ensure they never get too close to the grill. When you're not using the grill, keep it covered and out of the way. Make sure your children realize that the grill is always off limits. Keep in mind that although you've turned off the grill, it's still hot. Wait until the grill cools down to put the cover back on.