Oklahoma has an abundance of heat, wind and dry grass this time of year, which creates optimal conditions for a fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 1.2 million fires were reported in the United States in 2013, accounting for $11.5 billion in property damage. With this in mind, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance is offering tips to help Oklahomans prevent fires indoors and outdoors.


Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance offers this tip to practice fire safety:


Grill in an open area. An outdoor barbecue can be a great way to bring friends and family together, but Oklahomans should grill in an open area away from flammable objects such as deck railings and overhanging branches to prevent sparks or smoke from collecting in these areas. Children and pets should be kept away from the grill to prevent against burns or other accidents. Clean out leftover grease after each use, and never leave an active grill unattended.