!http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef0177446814a2970d-320wi|src=http://nfpa.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8351b9f3453ef0177446814a2970d-320wi|alt=Grill photo|style=margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;|title=Grill photo|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef0177446814a2970d!One of the highlights of my summer was the day I bought an outdoor grill. I had never owned one before so the purchase felt extra special. It was a portable gas grill, the kind you could easily take on camping trips. Right away my friend and I decided to pull the grill out of the box and have ourselves a cookout for two. Once we read the directions and carried the grill out the backdoor of his townhouse, I realized that we faced some fire safety challenges. He only has a small patch of grass behind his home. The branches of a maple tree in serious need of pruning hovered nearby. I thought back on our NFPA safety tip sheets , specifically the one on proper use and care for propane and charcoal barbecue grills. It took some maneuvering but we were able to place the grill a safe distance from the house, railings, and those pesky tree branches. One of us stayed with the grill while the other went indoors for more ingredients. After we finished using the grill we could relax and enjoy our meal knowing we had followed safe grilling practices.