Safety first when grilling out

NORWICH – It is all too common for someone to say they know what they’re doing when they light a fire. The fact is, many do not.

“People need to use common sense,” City of Norwich Fire Chief John Tighe said. Easier said than done.

Here are 10 simple tips to grilling safely that some either may not know, or just may not acknowledge, which can help prevent an accident, and perhaps, save a life.

 1. When the cylinder is refilled, have the supplier check for dents, damage, rust or leaks.  

  2. After filling or exchanging, take the cylinder home immediately. Keep the vehicle ventilated and the cylinder valve closed and capped. 

  3. Always use or store cylinders outdoors in an upright (vertical) position. Do not use, store, or transport cylinders near high temperatures (this includes storing spare cylinders near the grill).

 4. Never leave the grill unattended. Always follow grill manufacturer’s instructions on lighting the grill and make sure the grill top is open when attempting to light the grill.

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