Firemen’s group offers safety tips as Memorial Day grilling heats up

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As Central New York slowly begins to reopen, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York has some tips for fire safety this Memorial Day Weekend.

FASNY noted that the warm weather and the holiday weekend will have many New Yorkers dusting off and firing up their grills for the first time in months.

According to statistics, an average of 19,700 patients per year went to emergency rooms because of grill-related burns between 2014 and 2018.

Gas grills were also involved in 8,900 house fires per year, officials said.

“The warmer weather will certainly encourage New Yorkers to break out their BBQ’s for some outdoor cooking,” said FASNY President Steven Klein in a release. 

“We want all residents to stay safe as we emerge from quarantine and heed some basic safety tips,” the association added. 

Among the safety tips:

Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used
outdoors.

The grill should be placed well away from the home, from deck railings and out from under eaves and branches.

Keep children and pets at least 3-feet away from the grill area.

Keep grill clean by removing grease or buildup from grills and in trays below the grill.

Never leave grill unattended.

Always make sure gas grill lid is open before lighting it.

FASNY also wanted everyone to know not to hesitate to call for help if needed.

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