Grilling Safety Tips from Charlottesville Fire Department
Charlottesville Fire Department MEDIA RELEASE
The Charlottesville Fire Department would like to remind you that the summer cookout season is approaching. This means that many Charlottesville Residents will be dusting off their grills and preparing for family fun and cookouts. Barbecue grills should be properly inspected and cleaned prior to use.
The US Fire Administration reports that each year, the fire service responds to an estimated 6,500 grill fires. These fires account for 150 civilian injuries, less than 5 civilian deaths, and $27.6 million in property loss.
Here are some grilling safety tips from the Charlottesville Fire Department to ensure that you and your family and friends, have a safe summer gathering:
Before using the grill, check the connection between the propane tank and fuel line.
Do not wear loose clothing near the grill.
Never grill indoors- Carbon Monoxide could be produced.
Never use gasoline to start charcoal grills.
Make sure to use lighter fluid safely and prudently.
Never grill on balconies of apartments or condominiums.
Keep children and pets away from grilling area.
Be sure to properly dispose of hot coals.
For any other grilling and public safety information, visit our website at www.cfdonline.org or contact the Charlottesville Fire Department at 970-3328 and visit us on Facebook and Twitter.
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