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Firing Up Safety for Grilling Season

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By Jason Weinstein.
A couple of mild days this week may be having you thinking spring and firing up your grill.

But with many area grills sitting idle outside for much of the Winter there are many things you need to consider to grill safely. You have to make sure animals haven't spent the winter gnawing through tubes or hoses.

Also, if the grill doesn't start up right away - turn the gas off. If your grill ever does catch on fire call the fire department immediately, then you can try to use an extinguisher to put out the fire.

"It's called PASS. You pull the pin, you aim, you squeeze, and you sweep. The biggest thing is aim, aim at the lowest part of the fire. Don't aim up here because you're still going to have fire. You want to get that base out," said Ken Fortier of the Vestal Fire Department.

Fortier says 25 percent of house fires are caused by barbecue grills. He says grills shouldn't be near a home or on a porch. Instead they should be on the grass in the backyard.