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Grilling season is right around the corner, safety tips to remember when grilling at home

Posted at 8:37 AM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 13:54:02-04

Grilling season is right around the corner and the month of May is one of the months with the most grilling accidents. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 16,000 patients had to be taken to the emergency room because of grill-related injuries and about half of those were due to burns. 

Tucson Fire Department captain, Andy Skaggs, says deciding where to place your grill could keep you safe. 

"You know, the temptation would be to bring it under here where we are nice and shaded, it is a little bit cooler but look at how low hanging this, and this is constructed of wood, very flammable." 

Over time if you do keep a grill underneath a low-hanging surface, Captain Skaggs says the heat could become a danger in the future. 

When grilling, you also want to make sure you never leave the grill unattended and keep children and pets at least four feet away from the grill area.