There's nothing quite like a cookout with your closest friends and family. When the weather's warm, thousands of families across the country enjoy grilling steaks, hot dogs, hamburgers and many other kinds of food at home.

Unfortunately, grills can be an incident waiting to happen if the right precautions are not taken. According to the National Fire Protection Association each year an average of 8,900 home fires are caused by grilling.

Follow these safety measures for outdoor grilling to ensure your cookout is nothing more than good food and fun with your loved ones:

General Outdoor Grill Safety Tips

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Remember, your grill could still be hot after you're finished cooking, so it's important that everyone around the grilling area is aware of that and takes the proper precautions. Additionally, charcoal and gas grills each have unique safety precautions.

Follow these safety guidelines for your particular type of grill:

Charcoal Grills

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Gas Grills

Help prevent an accident from happening and preserve your family's safety by being prepared. Take the correct precautions to protect your family and your home with home fire safety tips and more homeownership advice.