Beardstown Fire & Ambulance offers grilling safety tips

Hot dogs and burgers are a welcome sight at the family cookout. But fire anywhere else can make your summer barbecue memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Because gas and charcoal grills cause an average of 1,500 structure fires and 4,800 outdoor fires in or on home properties, the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and the Beardstown Fire & Ambulance Department offer these sensible outdoor grilling tips to help you keep your cookout safe and fun.

When ready to fire up the grill, keep the following in mind:

•Position the grill well away from siding, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

•Place the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas and foot traffic.

•Declare the entire grill area a “kid-free zone” until the grill has completely cooled off.

•Put out several long handled grilling tools to give the chef plenty of clearance from heat and flames when flipping burgers.

•If you have a charcoal grill, purchase the proper starter fluid and store the can out of reach of children, and away from heat sources. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref="http://etypeservices.com/Cass%20County%20Star%20GazetteID497/"><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>