Grill fires common during July, as more people cook outdoors

About half of injuries are burns

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- Summer time is grilling season.

Before you cook your burgers and brats, the La Crosse Fire Department wants everyone to to think safety.

July is the top month for grill fires.

About half of injuries are burns.

A little planning can keep you safe.

“A lot of these injuries happen to young kids because we’ll step away from the barbeque. And then the five-year-old will come up and touch the barbeque and burn his or her hand,” said La Crosse Fire Department community risk educator.

No matter what type of grill you have, it should only be used outdoors.

And it should be placed well away from homes or other buildings and you should never leave your grill unattended.

If you have a gas grill, make sure the lid is open before you light it.

And if you are using charcoal, make sure you let the coals cool completely before you dispose of them in a metal container.

The National Fire Prevention Association has more safety tips available here.