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Grill Fire Safety

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- As winter turns to spring, many people enjoy using a BBQ grill to cook steaks, hamburgers and hot dogs for the entire family. Because of the many hazards associated with grilling, it’s important we all be careful and follow a few safety tips:

- Always use approved lighter fluid designed for starting charcoal. Never add liquid to re-ignite or build up a fire.
- Portable grills should be at least 6 feet from any part of a structure. This includes garages, overhangs, porches and patios.
- After cooking, keep the grill away from any structures until it’s completely cool to the touch.
- If you use a gas grill, store your gas cylinder outside and turn the valves off when not in use.
- Pre-inspect your gas grill before use. Ensure tank connections are tight and that no leaks are evident.

By following these quick and simple steps, you can keep grilling fun and fire- safe. For further information, contact your local Fire Prevention Office at 828-4597.