Ohio State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers is asking everyone to keep it safe this grilling season.
Grills accounted for 82 fires in Ohio last year and 2600 nationwide.
That added up to about $37 million in property damage. Some simple steps can prevent things from getting out of control.
"The first time you start your grill for the season you should clean the entire grill as well as you can. Open it up and clean as well as you can to clean all the grease and fat that has built up since last year. And just check everything over real well. Check the gas tank, the hoses if you have a gas grill, and just make sure it's in good general repair," says Marietta Fire Department Lieutenant Larry Bargeloh.
Bargeloh says the best instructions are in the manual. Something many overlook but could offer potentially life saving information.