Grilling Safely

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So you decide to cook-out. You get the dogs and burgers ready, stick them on the grill, and walk away. But wait, are you sure everything won't go up in flames?

"The fire, the hazard. People don't necessarily think about it. You get used to grilling. It gets windy, so they move it up by the house to block the wind. If you have a brick wall it isn't much of a problem, but vinyl siding, that sort of thing, melts very rapidly."

According to Captain John Dyer, of the Lansing Fire Department, problems usually occur when people are careless.

"We hook up our grills. We use them, and it worked last year. So it should work this year. But you need to check them."

When hooking up your propane tank you want to make sure the valve is turned completely off. Also make sure your hose doesn't have any cracks. And when you're screwing in the regulator, screw it in as tight as possible.

"A not tight valve or not tight hose could be leaking gas out that could work its way out to where the gas is still burning."

Still if all of your equipment is in good condition but you're too close to flammable materials, it poses a threat.

"The biggest thing is leaving that buffer zone around them to make sure you don't have anything around them that can catch fire."

That way instead of worrying about firefighters coming to your home, you'll only have to worry about filling your tummy.