Grilling safety 101

By Perry Russom

May 25, 2013 Updated May 25, 2013 at 11:53 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Before you decided to light up the grill, the Binghamton Fire Department has some tips on how to stay safe.

Capt. Robert Parke said if this is the first time you are starting your grill this year, you should complete a pre-BBQ checklist.

That list includes checking your propane tank, the connections, and cleaning the grill.

The grill may have old grease still on it that could cause a grease fire.

"We tell people to keep the grill at least ten feet away from a structure," said Capt. Parke. "Because of the gas, if you have a leak, it could enter the structure and cause all sorts of problems."

If your grill's parts are looking old, Capt. Parke said to go to your grill's manual and look for where to buy replacement parts.

As always, if you ever see a fire, never hesitate in calling 9-1-1.

More tips on staying safe:
1) Store and use your grill on a large flat surface that cannot burn (i.e. concrete or asphalt)
2) Never transport or store propane cylinders in the trunk of your automobile
3) Keep children away from the grill
4) Keep alcoholic beverages away from the grill because they are flammable
5) Store your BBQ grill and propane cylinder outdoors.