Tips for safe summer grilling

Tips to keep in mind for safe and fun grilling this weekend

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It looks like a good weekend, weather-wise, to have a cookout. 22News is working for you with what to keep in mind to stay safe at your cookout.

The first tip might be obvious: always grill outdoors. Make sure your grill is feet away from the side of your house so that the siding on your house or deck doesn’t get hot and catch fire.

Many people are starting their grilling season this weekend, so make sure the lid of a gas grill is open when you light it. Propane can build up inside and can blow off the lid when ignited. If the flame goes out while the gas is on, turn off the gas and wait 15 minutes before trying again.

“Make sure they’re cleaned out, make sure the grease is cleaned off the grates, make sure the hoses are in good condition, they’ve got no gas leaks, and make sure the grill is in a general good state of repair,” said Agawam Deputy Fire Chief BJ Calvi.

He said if there is a fire on the grill, try closing the lid first and then call the fire department if it’s still burning.

If you’re using a charcoal grill only use charcoal starter fluid: don’t use gasoline or kerosene.

Keep children and pets at least three feet away from this grill area, and never leave your grill unattended, or on, after you are done cooking up dinner.

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