Safety tips before firing up the grill - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Safety tips before firing up the grill

Posted: Updated:
AFD Battalion Chief Harcrow AFD Battalion Chief Harcrow
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • PCA faces judge Monday for salmonella outbreak

    PCA faces judge Monday for salmonella outbreak

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:03 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:03:54 GMT
     Happening today jury selection set to get underway in one of the largest food recall cases in our nation's history. It comes nearly 5 years after a deadly salmonella outbreak was linked to a south Georgia peanut manufacture and three people, including it's former owner are set to stand trial. More >>
     Happening today jury selection set to get underway in one of the largest food recall cases in our nation's history. It comes nearly 5 years after a deadly salmonella outbreak was linked to a south Georgia peanut manufacture and three people, including it's former owner are set to stand trial. More >>
  • Flat tire leads to deadly crash in Crisp County

    Flat tire leads to deadly crash in Crisp County

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:43 AM EDT2014-07-28 07:43:51 GMT
    An overnight crash involving semi truck turned deadly on Interstate 75 in Crisp County.According to Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock, a car suffered a blowout and came to a rest in the traffic lane of I-75 south near exit 94.While awaiting assistance from a deputy, a tractor trailer slammed into the back of the car. The driver was thrown from the vehicle and killed.It happened around 1:45 AM.The truck driver was not seriously injured.The Georgia State Patrol and the GDOT are investigating.T...More >>
    An overnight crash involving semi truck turned deadly on Interstate 75 in Crisp County.According to Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock, a car suffered a blowout and came to a rest in the traffic lane of I-75 south near exit 94.While awaiting assistance from a deputy, a tractor trailer slammed into the back of the car. The driver was thrown from the vehicle and killed.It happened around 1:45 AM.The truck driver was not seriously injured.The Georgia State Patrol and the GDOT are investigating.T...More >>
  • UPDATE: Police search for man who shot up two vehicles

    UPDATE: Police search for man who shot up two vehicles

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:38:04 GMT
    Albany police say several shots were fired into an unoccupied vehicle Sunday evening at a restaurant parking lot.More >>
    Albany police say several shots were fired into an unoccupied vehicle Sunday evening at a restaurant parking lot.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Monday marks Memorial Day, a time where the community hosts cook outs to help celebrate but before you fire up those grills, firefighters want to remind you what needs to be done in order to have a safe holiday.

Albany Battalion Chief Kelly Harcrow says the number of accidents related to cooking does increase over the holidays so you do need to be careful and aware of your surroundings. There are ways to be safe when it comes to propane and charcoal grilling.

If you are using propane check to see if you have gas leak, you can do this by using the bubble test. You put a light layer of soap and water to the hose and if you see bubbles there is a chance a leak is present. If there is no flame, turn off the gas and grill and get it serviced.

As for charcoal grills, its vital that you use the correct type of lighter fluid. Battalion Chief Harcrow says they have put out fires where the grill used gasoline and the fire got out of control, he says don't try to substitute if you don't have the appropriate fluid. Harcrow recommends to keep the lid open as well, when its closed gas builds up so when you are ready to ignite the coals there is a chance a large unsafe flame can occur.

When you are ready to dispose, don't throw the coals away in the trash, it takes two days for the coals to cool. You want to put it in a metal container and pour water on it from time to time to let it cool down naturally.

Fire officials say its best to keep the grill as far away from the home as possible and don't allow kids to play around the grill.  Try having someone monitor the area at all times.