Tips for safe grilling this Fourth
QUINCY, Il. —
Grill fires cause an estimated $32 million dollars in property loss each year.
Experts recommend you grill at least 10 feet away from your home.
You may also want to think twice about your outfit if you're grilling too... Don't wear anything too baggy that could catch on fire,
Inspect your grill to make sure there's no leaks if it’s a gas grill.
"When you go to extinguish your charcoal and ashes afterward, you want to make sure your charcoal is cold," said Kevin Hickey, a Quincy firefighter.
As for grilling food, make sure that it's thoroughly cooked.
“Temperature is the big thing as far as coming out of the refrigerator. So you want to make sure it's coming out cold...proper grill temperature 300 to 350 depending on if your smoking or grilling, said Dan Veihl, owner of the Butcher Block."
If you don't have a thermometer, it's a good idea to invest in one.
For those who rent, you may want to check with your landlord before firing up the grill tomorrow.