Grilling safety tips for this holiday weekend
May 25, 2018 04:36 PM
Grilling safety tips
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Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to the long awaited summer season across Minnesota. According to Brooklyn Park Fire Department, there are a few important safety items to check off of your holiday to-do list.
Although we have had plenty of warm days to pull out the grill already, now is a good time to make sure it is ready for the days ahead.
Here are some important safety tips to remember when using the grill:
Only use a grill outside and be sure it’s at least 3 feet from any siding, deck rails or eaves. Keep kids and pets out of this 3-foot area around the grill.
Be sure to keep your grill clean. Remove the grease and give it a cleaning after each use to reduce the chances of starting a fire.
If you are using a gas grill, open the lid before lighting.
For those using charcoal grills, place ashes in a metal container once they have cooled and keep them away from the house or deck.
Keep an eye on your grill and do not walk away from it once it is lit.
Fire safety tips are almost the same for indoor cooking as they are for outdoor cooking. In fact, cooking is the leading cause of fires across Minnesota and the nation. In 2016, cooking fires accounted for 45 percent of the structure fires across the state. The top three factors in those fires were unattended equipment, having combustibles too close, and equipment that was accidentally turned on or not turned off after use.
"A few simple steps will make your holiday gathering a safer one," says Interim Fire Chief Todd Seitz. "We want to ensure that everyone in the Brooklyn Park community has a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend."
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