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With the comfortable temperatures and clear skies in our area, many consider it perfect grilling weather. Columbus Fire Chief Dave Allmon reminds you to be careful and remember that you are playing with fire.
Allmon strongly urges you to keep kids away from matches and grills while they are in operation. He says there are approximately 45,000 fires caused by people every year in the U.S. In many of these cases, Allmon says the fires are started by children playing with lighters and matches. He adds that these fires claim an average of 90 lives each year and do an average of $210 million in property damage.
Allmon also stresses the importance of keeping plenty of space between your grill and any structures. He says some 32 percent of deck and patio fires are started by a grill. Allmon went on to say that grilling in or near structures like garages or sheds can be downright deadly. He says carbon dioxide builds up in enclosed spaces and can easily knock you out and kill you, hence it's name "the silent killer."
Allmon says you can reduce your risks for fire and injury by doing some simple tasks such as pre-grilling inspections and making sure hoses are in good shape and connections are tight on your gas grill. You should also keep all spare tanks and other flammables away from the grill.
If you are grilling with charcoal, Allmon says you should keep flammables away from a hot grill and never add lighter fluid to a grill already flaming. As for disposal of hot coals, you should never put them in a trash can that will end up inside of a building. Instead, leave them in the grill to cool down, or extinguish them completely with water.
Last Updated: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 9:47:01 AM
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