Tips for safe home grilling practices

8,000 grill fires reported in the U.S. annually

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Barbecues are a staple of summer, but firefighters say it’s also the time of year they see the most fires caused by grilling.

Every year there are about 8,000 grill fires in the U.S., according to West Palm Beach Fire Marshal Peter Leduc.

He says people need to remember to clean their grill before they start, keep it away from their home, and if they are using propane make sure there aren't any leaks.

Leduc says fires can spread fast and cause a lot of damage.

"It gets into your porch, it’s extending upwards, it's extending to places," Leduc says. "You leave sliding glass doors open while you're going to try and run for help, and it gets into the living rooms and things like that."

Grill fires causes an average of $96 million in property damage a year, according to the National Fire Prevention Association.

Dr. Scott Mcfarland is the head of the emergency room at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and says he's seen plenty of people with serious burns from grilling.

"Catastrophic," he says of the injuries. "Only about 10 deaths per year in the country but thousands of disfiguring, painful, burn injuries," McFarland said.

Firefighters say people should call 911 if there is a fire.

For more tips on safe grilling, check out the National Fire Prevention Association website .

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