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Fire department gives grilling safety tips

DULUTH, MN – July is the month when the most people accidentally burn more than just their burgers.

Authorities say more grilling fires happen in July than in any other month of the year.

The Duluth Fire Department says keeping your grill clean is one tip to keeping flare ups from happening.

Other tips include keeping your grill at least 10 feet from your siding or railings, making sure you turn the gas off and let it dissipate if it doesn’t start right away, and waiting for used charcoal to completely cool before disposing of it.

“Typically, if your grill starts on fire, your house can catch on fire if you’re not keeping it the proper distance away. Ten feet away from your siding or your railing. Never leave your grill unattended, especially with children around,” Marnie Grondahl of the Duluth Fire Department said.

Historically in the U.S., there are about 17,000 grill fires each year during the month of July.

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