With Labor Day weekend, and Maryland moving into Phase 3, families across Maryland will venture outside – either to the beach or the mountains – or like many, just to their backyard. Increased outdoor activities also increase outdoor fire risks; therefore, State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci provides a few common-sense tips that will help Marylanders enjoy a safe holiday weekend and summer season. “These tips will help reduce the chance of a tragedy that could ruin an otherwise fun-filled time of the year,” according to the State Fire Marshal. Outdoor Cooking Safety Tips for Gas Grills: Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders should always be transported in the upright position on the vehicle floor with all windows open. Never transport cylinders in the trunk of a car. Remove the cylinder from the vehicle as soon as possible. Ensure that all connections are tight. Check all connections with soapy water. The appearance of bubbles indicates leaks – retighten leaking connections. Make sure grease is not allowed to drip onto the hose or gas cylinder. Store the cylinder (including those attached to barbecues) outdoors in a shaded, cool area out of direct sunlight. Read thoroughly and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for gas grill […]
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