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Summer Safety Tips: Grill Safety

If grilling out, a favorite American pastime, is a part of people’s weekend plans this summer, extra precaution around the grill can prevent serious injury and still result in a belly full of great burgers.

If grilling out, a favorite American pastime, is a part of people’s weekend plans this summer, extra precaution around the grill can prevent serious injury and still result in a belly full of great burgers.

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Barbecue. The word itself can make peoples' mouths water. When some people think of barbecuing the first thing that they think of is outdoor cooking and social gatherings. 
If grilling out, a favorite American pastime, is a part of people's weekend plans this summer, extra precaution around the grill can prevent serious injury and still result in a belly full of great burgers.

Grill Safety (gas and charcoal)

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has released the following safety tips for those "grill-masters" to follow while using grills.

· Make sure all cigarettes, matches and any open flames are kept away from gas grills. 

· Outdoor grills are not made for indoor use. Maintain a distance of 10 feet from any structures that could catch on fire. 

· Check gas grill connectors, valves, grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks. 

· Dispose of used charcoal properly. Water down the remains thoroughly and do not discard in plastic or wood containers. 

· Use long-handled barbecue tools to help prevent burning accidents
· Avoid loose clothing when standing near open grill flames. 

Children and pets should never be left unattended near a hot grill


For more information and a complete list of tips visit www.cpsc.gov.