Grill safe on the 4th of July

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 5:27pm

Fire officials are already on alert, getting ready to battle any fires that may spring up due to Fourth of July celebrations.

But it's up to you personally, to make sure you and your grill are not to blame for any excessive holiday flames.

Grilling experts tell KETK to be sure to inspect your outdoor cooking devices, whether it's charcoal or propane powered.

With propane, experts say to check for any leaks in your tank, but also in your hoses, a place they say many people forget to look.

And be sure that the gas is completely off when you are finished grilling.

For charcoal, the worst thing you can do is simply dump it out onto the ground when you think the brick are cool enough.

If they are warm, then they are a danger, but that problem can be solved fairly easy, just soak them for about thirty seconds with water.

Now you can also hurt yourself if you raise the grill lid too fast, because the steam can quickly burn your forearms.

It's better to open the lid slightly at first, let the smoke dissipate, then check and see if your burgers are done.

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