DuBois, PA – If you’re planning on continuing the summer fun with a cookout over the weekend, take some safety precautions before you throw anything on the grill.

We have safety tips to keep you and your family out of harm’s way while cooking on the grill.

Beth Sawyer, the director of the DuBois chapter of the Red Cross, says a grill can put out a lot of heat, so you’ll need to be careful where you set it up.

  • Set your grill up at least 10 feet away from your home. Do not grill in an enclosed area or on a porch with a roof.
  • Keep decorations, lawn furniture and other items away from the grill.
  • Clean your grill after each use. Nylon brushes are best. Wire brushes have been known to lose their bristles and leave metal pieces in meat.
  • Never start a grill when the lid is closed.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Watch for kids and pets that are getting too close to the hot grill.