Minimizing the risk of grill fires and injuries

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Grilling season is coming up and, that means it's time to talk about safety.

The National Fire Prevention Association cautions grillers to stay mindful of cooking safely in the spring and summer when grill fires are most likely to occur.

According to the NFPA, between 2009 and 2013, an annual average of 8,900 house fires involved some sort of grill; almost half of grilling injuries included thermal burns.

The NFPA has suggested these tips for safe grilling: only use grills outside, place the grill away from the home and in the open, keep children and pets at least 3 feet from any grill area, keep your grill clean and free of buildup; and of course, never leave your grill unattended.