Grilling safety for your holiday weekend

Grill fires can have several different causes and it is important to check your grill before firing it up this weekend.

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(WWLP) Memorial Day Weekend is a huge time for cookouts, but before you gas up the grill this weekend there’s a few things you should be aware of to keep yourself and your family safe.

The state’s fire marshals office is reminding residents to check your grill before you fire it up. They’re reminding you to:

  • Always grill outdoors
  • Place grills about 10 feet away from the house and deck railings
  • Never leave a grill burning unattended
  • Keep the grill clean by removing grease or fat build-up from the grills and trays below the grill
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
  • Never use gasoline on any grill.

Fire crews tell WWLP when they see grill fires around this time of the year it’s usually because someone hasn’t cleaned off their grilling surface from the previous year.

Before you fire up your grill this holiday weekend make sure you are checking the expiration date on your propane tank. These tanks have a life of 12 years. It is marked on the top of most tanks and if you have trouble finding it, anyone who refills tanks should be able to find that date for you.

What many don’t realize is the propane tanks have a life span and should not be used after a certain date. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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