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How to safely fire up the grill

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Before you fire up the grill, there are some things you need to know.

Toledo News Now's Amanda St. Hilaire was able to give some important tips from the Ohio State Fire Marshal's office on how to stay safe while grilling.

  • All propane and charcoal barbecue grills should be outside to avoid fire hazards and toxic gases such as carbon monoxide.
  • Place the grill away from deck railings and out from under eaves and hanging branches. Do not store or use a grill on a porch or balcony.
  • Before using a gas grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line.
  • Wear well-fitter clothing when barbecuing. Loose articles and flammable material such as nylon should be avoided.
  • Be careful when using lighter fluid. Do not add fluid to an already lit fire. The flames can flashback into the container and explode.
  • Supervise children around outdoor grills. Announcing a 3 foot 'safety zone' around the grill is an effective way to keep both children and pets at a distance.
  • Dispose of charcoal coals only after they are cool. Empty the coals into a metal container with a tight-fitted lid that is only used to collect coals. Place the container away from anything that can burn and never empty coals directly into a trash can.
  • Periodically remove grease and fat buildup in the tray below the grill so it cannot be ignited.
  • Never leave a barbeque grill unattended.

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