THE BRONX - The FDNY has some tips to grill safely this July Fourth weekend.

Lt. Anthony Mancuso says lighter fluid should not be added to the barbecue if a fire is already lit. He recommends using special containers that can keep coals closer together, reducing the size of flames and letting coals get hotter, faster. You can also use a coil that heats up when you plug it in.

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Mancuso says to use protective mitts and utensils with longer handles while cooking. Short sleeves are ideal to prevent clothing from catching fire.

For those that have a propane grill, Mancuso says to examine the tank and make sure it does not have any rust, gouges or bulges on it. Any non-stick spray should be sprayed before you light the grill, and if there's a flare-up, turn it off and close the lid.

Grills and barbecues of any kind should be set up at least 10 feet away from the home or building.