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Tips On Grilling Safely This Summer
Oregon’s State Fire Marshal Mark Wallace reminds Oregonians to be fire safe during barbeques and cookouts to avoid tragedy during summer activities. From 2007 through 2011, there were 195 grill-related fires in Oregon, resulting in injuries and over $3.8 million in property loss. Wallace says the public can keep it enjoyable by following basic outdoor cooking fire safety tips. Only use propane and charcoal grills outdoors. Using them indoors poses a fire hazard. Place grills away from the home siding and deck railings. Place your grill a safe distance from play areas and foot traffic. Keep children and pets away from the grilling areal. For propane grills, make sure to check the cylinder hose for leaks. Only use proper starter fluid for charcoal grills. And, make sure you dispose of ashes properly says Wallace. Even though ashes feel cool to the touch, treat them as if they are hot. Soak them with water.