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Outdoor Cooking and Grilling Dangers

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The U.S. Fire Administration estimates they're 5,700 grill fires every year in the United States. Resulting in about 10 deaths, 100 injuries and $37 million in property damage.

Moorhead Firefighters say they respond to several fires started by grills every year and recommend the following tips and advice during different situations.

  • If a grease fire occurs, do not try and extinguish it with water, that will only make it worse. Try and smother the fire or use a dry chemical fire extinguisher.
  • When installing a new propane tank on your grill be sure to check for leaks. You can do so by filling a spray bottle with soapy water and spraying it on the connections and hose. Bubbling will indicate a leak, and you should get your tank or hose fixed.
  • Always keep your grill at least 2 Ft. away from any structure. One of the most common fires is caused by grills being to close to structures and setting them on fire.
  • Never use gasoline in place of lighter fluid, gas is not meant for grilling and vapors can cause the fire to spread on to your deck or even on you, catching your cloths on fire.
  • In any case, if you need help or a fire gets out of hand, get away and 911 or your local fire department.


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