As weather heats up, firefighters stress grill safety

Summer Grill Safety

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Spring has sprung, and with warmer weather comes the urge to grill. But even the most experienced grill master is at risk of starting a fire. Firefighters in the Grand Strand say there are a few things anyone attempting to cook outdoors needs to know.

"We've seen many fires where the line between the tank and grill is on fire," said Gary Mocarski, a Fire Inspector in the Murrells Inlet- Garden City Fire District. "If you're standing over pine straw, you're going to have to do a little dance to put out the pine straw."

Inspector Mocarski said anyone grilling should mind their surroundings, and wet down anything that may be flammable around the grill, like mulch or pine straw. Anyone using a grill should also be wary of what actually is used to start the grill.

"On a charcoal grill, use only charcoal lighter fluid," he said. "Don't use gasoline or kerosene."

If flames do get out of hand, Inspector Mocarski recommends having a hose on hand, but if there isn't one close by, smothering the fire with a wet towel may also work. But he says there's one important tip everyone needs to remember:

"If you think it's getting out of hand, call 911 early and get us on the way."

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