“Keep it at a distance:” Tips to keep safety first for your holiday grilling

DELMARVA –  If you’re headed out to your grill this holiday weekend, we checked in with local first responders who have some safety tips for you to keep in mind to avoid a smoky situation.

The Ocean City Fire Department tells us they see the most grilling accidents throughout the month of July.

We’re told these incidents are often caused by grills not being hooked up properly or temperatures being way too hot, leading to serious burn injuries.

Department personnel say following these instructions will optimize the safety of you and your family. ” Keep it at a distance. If it’s too close to an outdoor building, other yard items or things like that that would be our biggest hazard that we see,” Deputy Fire Marshall Allison LeCates said.

“Insure that the grill is being properly used. So whether its propane or charcoal just make sure that the manufacture’s instructions are followed on how to use that.”

The department also says to make sure your grill area stays a kid-free zone to avoid your little ones from potentially getting burned as well.

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