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FIRE UP THE GRILL - NOT YOUR HOME

With the warmer weather on its way, comes risk of fire from backyard grilling, lightning, wildfires and more. Over the next three days, stay tuned for tips on how to help ensure your welcome relief from winter's cold comes from the sun...and not from fire.

Planning to tap your inner grill master in the coming months? Here are a few grilling safety tips to remember:

1. Don’t give it fuel. Be sure to keep your grill away from your home, deck railings and overhanging branches or patio plants.

2. Keep it clean. Regular maintenance is important to avoid fat build-up and reduce fire risk.

3. Do the sniff test. If you have a gas grill, check the tank hose for leaks each year before using it. One test is to apply a light soap-and-water solution to the hose and if bubbles are released, you’ve got a leak. Or, if you smell gas when the grill is going, turn it off immediately.

4. Start right. For charcoal grills, use only charcoal starter fluid and
never add it to the fire.

5. The right finish. When you’re done grilling, cool the coals completely before disposing them in a metal container