Fire Captain Provides Grilling Safety Tips for Fourth of July - KiiiTV.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

Fire Captain Provides Grilling Safety Tips for Fourth of July

Posted: Updated:
CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

If you plan on firing up the grill this Fourth of July, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind to prevent injuries and avoid a trip to the hospital.

It just wouldn't be the Fourth of July without meat grilling on the pit, but before you spark up the grill, Corpus Christi Fire Department Captain James Brown has a few safety tips you need to follow.

"First thing, if you're using gas, make sure your equipment is in proper working order," Brown said. "Make sure to check the leaks, the hoses aren't leaking."

Brown said that, when you are getting ready to light it, make sure the lid is open; and whether you use gas or charcoal, make sure the flame stays away from other materials, and that the coals have cooled completely before you dispose of them. After all, we are in a drought and one spark from your pit could cause a major fire.

Brown points out that you need to use common sense when cooking outdoors. Keep that grill 10-20 feet away from your house. Plus, you need to keep your eye on the fire. Don't walk away and, of course, never use gasoline to start your grill or to try and get the flames going.

"You don't want to use gasoline," Brown said. "Gasoline is extremely dangerous. It has a low flash point, and it can cause serious injuries."

So if you follow those tips, your Fourth of July barbecue should be something to remember, not regret.

Also, remember to make sure to have a spray bottle filled with water or a bucket of water nearby, just in case of an emergency.

  • Leaving Kids Home Alone

    Leaving Kids Home Alone

    How young is too you to leave your children home alone? Following the arrest of two mothers on abandonment charges, Our Bill Churchwell took a closer look. If you want to learn more about finding child care for your children click here.More >>
    How young is too you to leave your children home alone? Following the arrest of two mothers on abandonment charges, Our Bill Churchwell took a closer look. If you want to learn more about finding child care for your children click here.More >>
  • Mission of Mercy Has New Home

    Mission of Mercy Has New Home

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:19 AM EDT2014-08-21 04:19:53 GMT
    Wednesday Mission Of Mercy held it's first clinic at the Corpus Christi Police Officers Association Union Hall. To learn more about Mission Of Mercy Call 883-5500More >>
    Wednesday Mission Of Mercy held it's first clinic at the Corpus Christi Police Officers Association Union Hall. To learn more about Mission Of Mercy Call 883-5500More >>
  • Texas State Aquarium Gets Nationwide Recognition

    Texas State Aquarium Gets Nationwide Recognition

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:15 AM EDT2014-08-21 04:15:56 GMT
    The Texas State Aquarium has been voted by readers of USA Today the second best aquarium in the US Canada.Here is the complete list: 1.) Georgia Aquarium - Atlanta 2.) Texas State Aquarium - Corpus Christi, Texas 3.) Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies -Gatlinburg, Tenn 4.) Shedd Aquarium - Chicago 5.) Tennessee Aquarium - Chattanooga, Tenn. 6.) Monterey Bay Aquarium - Monterey, Calif. 7.) Vancouver Aquarium - Vancouver 8.) Mystic Aquarium - Mystic, Conn. 9.) Henry Doorly Zoo Aquarium - Omaha,...More >>
    The Texas State Aquarium has been voted by readers of USA Today the second best aquarium in the US Canada.Here is the complete list: 1.) Georgia Aquarium - Atlanta 2.) Texas State Aquarium - Corpus Christi, Texas 3.) Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies -Gatlinburg, Tenn 4.) Shedd Aquarium - Chicago 5.) Tennessee Aquarium - Chattanooga, Tenn. 6.) Monterey Bay Aquarium - Monterey, Calif. 7.) Vancouver Aquarium - Vancouver 8.) Mystic Aquarium - Mystic, Conn. 9.) Henry Doorly Zoo Aquarium - Omaha,...More >>