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Health Tip: Grill Safely

So your outdoor cooking plans don't go up in smoke

(HealthDay News) -- Gas and charcoal grills cause thousands of outdoor and structure fires each year. To prevent your grill from becoming a safety hazard, follow these suggestions from the Home Safety Council:

  • Keep the area surrounding the grill free of children and pets until the grill has completely cooled.
  • When the grill is in use, be sure it is at least three feet away from any structure or object -- including trees, shrubs or the house.
  • When using a charcoal grill, only use lighter fluid designed for such grills.
  • When using a gas grill, check the connections between the tank and the grill carefully before each use.
  • Never check for gas leaks using a match.
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