ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Memorial Day weekend is here and that means firing up the grill and cooking that perfect steak, hamburger, or hot dog. However, before you throw the charcoals on the grill and light the match, here are a few grill and food safety tips.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more than 19,000 patients end up in the hospital each year because of grill-based injuries. Gas and charcoal grills combined cause around 4,200 house fires and 5,600 external fires per year.
Grilling safety tips:
- Use propane and charcoal grills outdoors.
- The grill should be 15 feet from your house to avoid a house fire.
- Keep children and pets at a safe distance.
- Start a gas grill with the lid open.
- Light the charcoal in a charcoal chimney.
- Keep the grill clean.
“Grease fires happen all the time, cooking fires are the most frequently caused fires, and that can happen on a grill too,” said Kristen Perdue with Roanoke Fire-EMS. “So that’s why it’s really important to clean that grease because when you are working over a grill, your hand can actually be over the top of the flames, so make sure you don’t get burned. If something does spark up, it could do so quickly, and we don’t want you to get burned in the process.”
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