SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- With temperatures warming up, people across the state are pulling out their grills for outdoor cooking.
The Illinois State Fire Marshal's Office is offering fire safety tips for grill users.
They say grills should be kept away from siding, deck railings and overhanging branches.
Children and pets should stay at least three feet away from grills.
And grease or fat build-up should be regularly scrubbed off the grill so it doesn't accidentally ignite.
Fire officials say gas-fueled and charcoal grills are involved in close to one-thousand residential structure and home outdoor fires in the country every year.
In Illinois, there were about 170 fires related to grills reported last year.