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Grilling safety tips for Memorial Day weekend

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As Memorial Day weekend approaches and people start firing up the grill, the Cedar Rapids Fire Department asks people to keep in mind some simple safety tips. As Memorial Day weekend approaches and people start firing up the grill, the Cedar Rapids Fire Department asks people to keep in mind some simple safety tips.
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As Memorial Day weekend approaches and people start firing up the grill, the Cedar Rapids Fire Department asks people to keep in mind some simple safety tips.

Use soap and water to check for leaks at propane connections before you even turn on the gas, the Department said. If you have a charcoal grill, make sure there are no holes in the bottom.

With any grill, use utensils with long handles, and keep kids and pets away from the fire.

"It can be very dangerous business," said Greg Buelow with the Cedar Rapids Fire Department. "We want people to have fun, but there's some simple rules that we just discussed that people can follow to make sure it's a fun activity."

The fire department also says grills should never be left unattended and charcoal should be put into a metal container with a lid after cooking, not a plastic garbage bin.

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