A lot of grills will be going this weekend, and the Red Cross is reminding those firing up the barbeque to serve up safety first this July Fourth.
The Red Cross provided these tips to avoid grilling risks and hazards:
· Be prepared. Keep a bucket of sand or dirt nearby at all times, or have the grill lid handy in case there is a need to smother the flames. Do not use water to put out a fire when there is grease present, as it can cause the fire to spread.
· Keep a safe distance. Never hold a child while cooking, drinking, or carrying hot foods or liquids. Always keep children at a safe distance from the grill, and talk to them regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters. Keep any and all flammable materials, from lighter fluid to dry vegetation, away from any open flames as well.