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Grilling season: How to stay safe this summer

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Hamburgers being grilled over a charcoal fire. (Source: Wikipedia/Carlos Lopez) Hamburgers being grilled over a charcoal fire. (Source: Wikipedia/Carlos Lopez)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

As the summer months continue, grill safety is something fire departments want home owners to be aware of.

Early Sunday morning, a fire in Greenville left one family without their home. They say it started in their grill and investigators confirmed that's where they believe the fire began.

"When you're using solid fuel to cook with, the embers particular, if it's very windy that's something you need to be well aware of," said Trent Cason, the Deputy Fire Marshall for the Boiling Springs Fire District.

Cason said if you are using a gas grill, make sure all your connections are tight and that all knobs are working properly. If you live in apartments, "You can't use them on the balcony, you can't use them in the breezeways."

Cason said often, apartment complexes use pine straw to landscape, which is another thing to look out for.

"Pine straw is very, very, very flammable, and will go very quickly," said Cason.

Cason said avoid using grills on wooden decks but concrete patios will be fine.

"Just be very, very aware of children around grill," Carson said. "We've had several calls with burns to children from grills throughout the county."

Cason also said many people burn items during the summer months and to make sure you have a water source nearby. 

Investigators said the fire in Greenville is still under investigation but said they believe it could have started in the grill from charcoal being left out. 

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