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Be careful when using barbecue grills on Fourth of July

Posted at 4:06 PM, Jul 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-03 19:06:56-04

It's not just fireworks that can start fires on the Fourth of July, so can your barbecue grill.

Recent examples include a home that was completely destroyed because of an unattended grill in Utah.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the leading cause is a dirty grill.

Grease fires are very unpredictable and can quickly get out of control if you are not paying attention.

That can lead to complete destruction and even injuries.

If a fire does get out of control and you are using a propane grill, do NOT use water. Adding water can actual make the fire grow. Instead, dump baking soda on the fire and close the lid.

And if you are using a charcoal grill, keeping a garden hose or a water bucket handy is a good idea.