July is National Grilling Month, and although many have already fired up their grill this year, some people are just now dusting theirs off. Whether you are just now starting, or you’ve had a head start, it’s always important to keep in mind a few important safety tips. July is the peak month for grill fires.

It’s important to know if you are using a charcoal or propane grill. If you are using a propane grill be sure to check the gas tank hose for leaks. This should be done before using it for the first time each year. If you smell gas while cooking, call 911.

When using a starter fluid on charcoal grills, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the grill once it is lit. It’s also important to make sure that the starter fluid is not accessible to children.

Whether you use a propane or a charcoal grill, the should only be used outdoors. The Richardson Fire Code prohibits use or storage of any outdoor grill within 10 feet of any structure or overhang. Grills are not allowed to be stored inside an apartment or garage. A grill that is too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard.

For more information and safety tips, visit www.cor.net/fire.