BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – Once the weather clears up and as temperatures start to climb, you might consider lighting your grill again.
Grills can be a common cause of fires, so there are a few things you need to know before lighting it up. First, be sure to read your manual and make sure the grill is on a sturdy surface, preferably on concrete or asphalt.
When it’s time to light the grill, there are more safety measures you can take as well.
“If you have a grill that does not have an automatic igniter, you’ll have to use some sort of open flame,” said Beckley Fire Department Lt. Chris Lanna. “A lot of times, grills come with a device that is essentially just a match holder, so you don’t have to put your hand so close to the flame. You can use something like a click-n-flame that can extend the reach to light the flame without injuring yourself.”
If you have a grilling mishap that causes a fire, call 911 and do not try to put it out yourself.