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Many people enjoy barbecuing in the summer months, but when grills are not used safely, things can go horribly wrong. Between 2012 and 2016 Massachusetts fire departments responded to 487 fires involving grills, hibachis, and barbecues. These fires caused 22 civilian injuries, 3 firefighter injuries, and $4.5 million in property damage. For safe grilling, always follow your owner's manual and practice the safety tips provided here. Unless you live in a single- family home you may not use a charcoal or gas grill on a porch or balcony. Electric grills have no open flames and can be used instead. •Never use a grill on a fire escape •Gas grill can be used on the first floor deck or porch of a single family home only if there is an outside stairway into a house •Only if it is at least ten feet away from a structure with no overhead obstructions •Never bring a propane tank into a house •Keep your grill clean by removing grease and fat from grills and trays below the grill •If you smell gas while cooking immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill. •If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait 15 minutes before relighting For more questions on Fire Prevention please contact the Everett Fire Department at 617-387- 7198. Click the additional info line for more safety tips from Mass.gov