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License to Grill: Summer Safety Tips for Outdoor Cooking

June 21, 2023

Climbing temperatures make us want to get out of the kitchen and put dinner on the grill. But the Red Cross estimates that outdoor grilling sparks more than 10,000 home fires each year — as well as thousands of emergency room visits. If you can take the heat, here are some helpful hints to keep you grilling and chilling safely all summer long.

  • Watch your grill constantly when it’s in use. Grill fires can get out of control very quickly.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher or box of baking soda within easy reach for flare-ups.
  • Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Never grill indoors — not in the house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
  • Keep the grill out in the open, on stable ground, and away from the house, deck, awnings, tree branches or anything that could catch fire. 
  • Make sure everyone stays away from the grill, including pets.
  • Don’t wear loose clothing while grilling.
  • Keep your grill clean and reduce fire risk by removing grease or fat buildup.
  • Use long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to help keep the chef safe.

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