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Summer is the best time of year for grilling out. A backyard cookout is a great way to bring the family together and you’ll keep the inside of your home cooler because you won’t be turning on the oven or stove. Before firing up the grill, read through these grilling safety tips.

Put the Grill in a Safe Location

Always place the grill on a flat surface. If it is on a deck, keep it away from the railings and the side of the house. Don’t grill underneath anything overhead like a roof, awning, or tree branch. The grill should be placed at least 10 feet away from any structures.

Wear Appropriate Clothing for Grilling Safety

Loose clothing and long hair can cause hazards while grilling. Don’t let any materials dangle into the coals or flames. Secure apron strings and pull back long hair, and wear short sleeves or a sleeveless shirt when grilling. Use long-handled utensils that are meant specifically for grilling.

Check the Propane Line

Make sure your grill is in good condition before you use it. To check if the propane line has any leaks, rub a soap and water solution on the hose. Turn the propane on and look for bubbles. If there is a leak in the line, bubbles will appear where the gas is leaking. Do not use your grill until you’ve either repaired this leak or replaced your grill.

For Grilling Safety, Clean the Grill Once Cooled

Cleaning the grill after every use is important, but be sure to wait for the grill to cool down before you clean it so that you don’t get burned. Use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub off food particles and grease. A dirty grill is a fire hazard because the grease and fat residue is flammable.

Keep an Eye on Kids and Pets

Designate someone to keep an eye on kids and pets while you are grilling. Teach kids to stay away from the grill and keep pets away from it so they won’t knock it over. Unsupervised young children may not know any better and touch the hot grill.

Follow these grilling tips and you’ll have a safe and fun cookout season.

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