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Grilling safety

PENSACOLA - Almost 5,000 people are injured in barbeque related incidents each year according to the US Fire Administration.  There are a number of things you should keep in mind before firing up the grill, especially if you're not as experienced.

If you're not careful one wrong move in front of a barbeque grill can ruin your Fourth of July weekend, but as long as safety measures are taken, there's not much to worry about.

Arlene Williams and her husband grill almost every day.
They know all the dos and don'ts of grilling... from the clothes to wear to grilling utensils.

"Make sure your clothing is not hanging close to the grill, and before you lift the grill up, make sure you lift and stand back, so the flames won't engulf in your face" said Arlene Williams, Arlene's Barbeque.

Also make sure the meat is thawed before cooking, and use a temperature gauge to make sure the meat is cooked thoroughly both inside and out.
        
Williams says keep the grill a few feet away from kids and pets and clear of any structures so it can vent properly.
Take the right steps for safety so you don't see these guys.
Firefighters are usually pretty busy on the fourth.
Pensacola Fire Marshal David Allen says the risks are higher because of fireworks and outdoor grilling especially propane grills. 

"On propane especially, check for leaks and cracks in an old hose something like that" David Allen, Pensacola Fire Marshal.

Propane gas is heavier than air, so even when it's turned off, excess amounts of it may settle at the bottom of the grill and sometimes it doesn't take much for the flame to be extinguished.
This test shows what can happen when that gas re-ignites.

Remember to keep a fire extinguisher or water hose nearby while grilling.