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Posted on: June 27, 2017

Grill Safely this Summer


Don’t let your backyard barbecue go up in flames. Test your grilling I.Q. with these tips from Allen Fire Department.

  • Place your grill well away from fences, eaves, overhanging branches and the side of your home. The City of Allen prohibits grilling on apartment balconies, unless balconies are equipped with a sprinkler system. Check with your management company before grilling.
  • To prevent flare-ups, remove grease and fat buildup from grates and trays before each use.
  • FOR CHARCOAL GRILLS: If you use starter fluid, apply it to unlit coals before starting the fire. Never add more starter fluid to hot coals. Don’t use flammable liquids (other than starter fluid) to light a fire.
  • FOR GAS GRILLS: If you smell gas while cooking, turn off the gas tank and burners immediately. If the smell stops, get the grill serviced before using it again. If the smell continues, move away from the grill and call the fire department immediately. Do not move the grill!
  • When you are finished grilling, douse coals with water and let them cool completely before disposing in a metal container. Never empty coals directly into a trash can.
  • Propane tanks can be disposed of at most propane exchange cages. Look for them at your local grocery store or gas station.

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