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VFD wants you to stay safe while grilling this weekend

J.D. Talley J.D. Talley

As people prepare to light up their grills this weekend for their Memorial Day Bar-B-Qs, the Valdosta Fire Department is offering some grilling safety tips.

Valdosta Fire Department Lieutenant J.D. Talley said one of the most important things people need to remember is to be aware of their surroundings.

"Make sure your children aren't playing around the grill, make sure your pets aren't playing around the grill," Talley emphasized.

For propane grills, he also stressed the importance of checking the hoses and fittings on the grill for leaks before starting the grill. 

"You can take a damp cloth with some soapy water in it and rub it on the hoses. Any leaks that are in that hose will bubble up," explained Talley.

For charcoal grills, Talley reminds people to only use lighter fluid when starting the grill.

"With the charcoal grills, don't spray any kind of charcoal lighter fluid or anything like that on the grill after it's been started," said Talley.

Talley recommends keeping grills at least 10 feet away from any structures, such as a house, and to avoid grilling on wooden surfaces if possible.

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