State Police & Fire Safety Series #3: Grilling

State Police & Fire Safety Series #3: Grilling

(Michigan State Police, June 28, 2018)

Michiganders and visitors alike are urged to make safety a top priority in all seasonal activities while enjoying Pure Michigan at home or on the road. Summer safety tips from Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue and State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer will help ensure we have a great time and stay safe. Common sense, a watchful eye on the kids, and ongoing vigilance in every activity will help you and the entire family have fun and avoid potential mishaps or worse, tragedies.


“Proper grill maintenance is key in preventing fires while cooking outside this summer,” said Sehlmeyer.

-Grills are not only a fire hazard they release carbon monoxide, a deadly, odorless, colorless gas.

-Check for leaks or breaks with gas grills.

-Clean the grill before using to eliminate fire hazard with heavy grease buildup.

-Never grill indoors or in the garage; never on a balcony.

-Always grill outdoors.

-Grill on a level surface at least 10 feet away from the house, garage, deck, anything that can catch fire.

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

-Never leave the grill unattended.

-Don’t overload the grill with food. Excessive fat and grease dripping on flames can ignite large flare ups.

-Keep a fire extinguisher close by and know how to use it; keep a spray bottle or bucket of water handy for minor flare ups.

Visit the Bureau of Fire Services website for more fire safety information.
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