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Grilling season is here! As the temperatures continue to rise grilling is a great way to keep your kitchen cool. But before you fire up the grill in your new homes in Alamogordo NM neighborhood and throw on the brats, chicken, hamburgers, kabobs, pork chips, ribs, veggies, and other faves, it is important to take the necessary precautions to ensure you are staying safe while grilling.

A recent article by the Alamogordo Daily News discussed the latest “Home Grill Fire” report by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), in which three out of five households own a gas grill. Additionally, from 2009 to 2013, a yearly average of 8,900 home fires nationwide involved grills, hibachis or barbecues, and almost half of all grilling injuries involved thermal burns according to NFPA’s website.

Alamogordo Fire Department (AFD) Fire Chief Jim LeClair stated grill-related fires rank amongst their top calls during the summer and he offered up tips to keep you safe while grilling. 

“Some people don’t keep their grass trimmed and a lot of times what happens is the grass has a tendency to get really dry if it’s not watered,” said LeClair. “If they don’t keep it cut and it’s right up against the house itself it could catch on fire which in turn will catch the house on fire.”

Fire Chief LeClair also stated grillers should always make sure there is a water source nearby in case a fire ignites.

“They should always have a water source nearby like a bucket of water” he said. If they’re in the backyard then most likely they have access to a water hose, just make sure it’s close.”

In addition to these grilling safety tips, we recommend checking your gas cylinder for leaks before turning it. You should only grill outside and never on a deck, porch, or in the garage, on a porch. Place your grill at least 10 feet from any structure such as the house, garage, and trees. Kids and pets shouldn’t be anywhere the grill when it’s fired up and cooling down. Avoid wearing loose clothing as well because it can easily catch fire. Don’t leave the grill unattended while cooking and make sure you thoroughly clean your grill once you are done grilling and it has cooled down.

We would like to see our new homes in Alamogordo NM in action. Add your grilling photos to our Facebook page and let us know what other grilling safety tips you would add.

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