Keep grilling safety in mind this holiday weekend

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  • 88th Air Base Wing Safety Office

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- There’s nothing like outdoor grilling. It’s one of the most popular ways to cook food.

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Follow these simple tips and you’ll be on the way to safe grilling this Memorial Day weekend and all summer:

  • Propane and charcoal barbecue grills should only be used outdoors.

  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings, and eaves or overhanging branches.

  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill area.

  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the surface and in trays below.

  • Never leave your grill unattended.

  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.

Charcoal-grill use

  • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal-chimney starters allow you to start it using newspaper as a fuel.

  • Use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.

  • Keep charcoal fluid out of children’s reach and away from heat sources.

  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.

  • When you’re finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

Rules for propane grills

  • Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using a propane grill for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles.

  • If your grill has a leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off both the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the Fire Department.

  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the Fire Department. Do not move it.

  • If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least five minutes before relighting it.

  • Learn more about fire, electrical and related hazards through the National Fire Protection Association at

  • If you have questions, contact Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s Fire Prevention Office at 937-257-4075 or

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