NEW YORK — The National Pork Producers Council has the following tips for grilling safety:
--Always read the owner's manual before using a new barbecue grill.
--Never use gasoline or other highly volatile fluids as a starter; they may explode.
--Barbecue grills should not be used within 5 feet of any combustible material.
--For fewer hazardous sparks, experts recommend using a covered grill.
--Never use a barbecue grill unless all parts of the unit are firmly in place.
--Barbecue grills should be kept at a level position at all times; an unstable unit can easily be tipped over.
--Infants, children and pets should never be left unattended near a hot barbecue grill.
--Never add liquid starter to hot or even warm coals.
--After unplugging, remove a hot electric starter carefully and remember where you placed it.