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With Memorial Day and the 4th of July just a few weeks away, Americans nationwide have celebrated in honoring the countless men and women who have served our country. For many, this patriotic celebration marked the first of several pool-side, bonfire comprised, and grill-filled times that characterize the sunny summer season. And, while these cherished days may be less famously symbolized by unfortunate ways, it is important to realize that the joy often yielded by grill-filled times can turn bleak in just a matter of moments if you're not careful.

Grilling sparks approximately 8,900 house fires per year. So, while grilling does result in some sizzling good eats for family and friends, it poses a potentially serious safety threat. In fact, about 16,600 emergency room patients in 2014 suffered from grilling induced injuries. The Fire Protection Association estimates that, between 2005 and 2009, grill fires triggered $75 million in property damage. With grilling season heating up again, now is a better time than ever to become familiarized with some proactive tips for preventing grill fires:

1) Maintain grill cleanliness —failing to do so accounts for the leading cause of grill fires, according to research conducted in 2014. To effectively clean a grill, remove any fat and grease residue before turning up the heat.
2) Move flammable objects away from the grill —according to the research conducted in 2014, the igniting of objects near grills serves as the second leading cause of grill fires.
3) Employ long-handed tools when grilling —doing so reduces the risk that hands will contact dangerous flames.
4) Consider that the grill does not automatically cool down—an “off” grill can still be a hot grill. In response, maintain mindfulness of this phenomena and ensure that others are cognizant of it as well.
5) Establish an “off-limits zone”—children sometimes find themselves tempted to play with the grill. Prohibiting children from congregating around the grill can eliminate any burned fingers and toes.
6) Remain in the vicinity of the grill—the capacity to see potential grill-inflamed chaos acts as a critical way to prevent grill-inflamed chaos.
7) Stay alert—consciously monitor the grill and its surroundings, with all of the above tips in mind. Summer has never subsided to ocean tides, sky-high rides, or burgers so monstrously juicy that they’re only enjoyed on the risky side.

Abiding by the above procedures for safer grilling, while also considering the implications and importance of superb homeowners insurance, forms one promising recipe for barbeque-infused perfection. So don’t stop the grill-filled thrills altogether—just maximize your odds of stirring up some smokin’ delectable dogs instead of a flaming grill-side log.
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