OAK HILL – Staying safe outside this summer goes beyond keeping yourself hydrated and in the shade.
When you're grilling out with family and friends it's easy to get side tracked, but health officials say that can spell disaster.
Before you throw the burgers on remember to check your grill and make sure it's in good condition, have a water source nearby in case things get out of control like a bucket or a hose, and always follow the directions on the bag of charcoal and lighter fluid if you're not using propane.
And if you are using charcoal, never use gasoline or kerosene to start your grill.
“It's something that you have to keep an eye on the whole time you're doing it,” says Plateau Medical Center nurse Justus Smith, “Don't get side-tracked by what you're doing.”
Smith says one of the biggest concerns he has is something that can easily happen at a family gathering.
“Make sure that kids can't reach up and touch the hot surface or knock the grill over. And same thing with pets.”
Officials say having a plan in case things get away from you can make all the difference.