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During the summer, and especially on the Fourth of July, grilling is a popular activity. We love to grill our chicken, meats and vegetables. It adds flavor and reduces fat which we can all use. However, grilling can also be dangerous. Consider the following Red Cross and Lewis, Feldman, Lehane & McAtee, LLC safety tips this Fourth of July and throughout the summer:

  • Use gas and charcoal barbecue grills outside only.
  • Position grills far from siding, deck railings, overhanging branches and house eaves.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using grills.
  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
  • Make sure you have water and a fire extinguisher around to put out any unexpected fires.
  • Consider where your grill is located – wooden deck, etc.
  • If you use propane tanks, make sure the hoses are secure, and you take proper precautions when lighting the grill (same goes for natural gas starters).
  • Grilling can be a fun activity for families and friends. Make sure you practice these safe grilling tips so that you can relax and enjoy the good times and good food.

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