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KEEP SAFETY IN MIND WHEN FIRING UP GRILL

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The National Pork Producers Council has the following tips for grilling safety:

- Always read the owner's manual before using a new barbecue grill.- Never use gasoline or other highly volatile fluids as a starter; they may explode.

- Barbecue grills should not be used within 5 feet of any combustible material.

- To cut down on hazardous sparks, experts recommend using a covered grill.

- Never use a barbecue grill unless all parts of the unit are firmly in place.

- Barbecue grills should be kept level at all times; an unstable unit can easily be tipped over.

- Infants, children and pets should never be left unattended near a hot barbecue grill.

- Never add liquid starter to hot or even warm coals.

- After unplugging, remove a hot electric starter carefully and remember where you placed it.

- Always use flame-resistant barbecue mitts and barbecue tools with long, heat-resistant handles.

- Barbecue mitts should be worn to adjust hot vents. Wear a heavy apron to protect clothing from grease and sparks. Never wear loose clothing around a hot barbecue grill; it could catch on fire.

- Electric cords should be placed away from walkways.

- Charcoal grills should never be used indoors; toxic fumes could be fatal. Starter fluid should be capped immediately and placed a safe distance from the grill.

- Never discard hot coals where someone may step on them or where they could start a fire.

- Make sure coals are cold before putting the barbecue grill away.