This summer, families across the country will host cookouts. Grilling food is a great way to bring people together and enjoy the outdoors. Cooking outside also helps your home stay cool by keeping the heat from meal preparation out of your house. Pay attention to grill safety to prevent accidents by following these tips for a safer cookout.

Keep the Grill Clear of Any Structures

An important aspect of grill safety is the location of the grill. A grill placed against the side of your house is not safe. The flames can flare up and catch the nearby structure on fire. Move the grill at least 10 feet away from any walls, railings, or trees. Also, make sure that the ground beneath the grill is level, flat, and stable.

Set a 3-Foot No Entry Zone For Grill Safety

If you have kids or pets at your cookout, keep them at least 3 feet away from the grill at all times. Grills are very hot, even once you’ve finished cooking. Ask other adults to help keep children and animals at least 3 feet away from all sides of the grill.

Check Your Propane Grill For Leaks

If you are using a propane grill, check the hoses for leaks before turning it on. An easy way to do this is to rub soapy water on the hose and open the propane valve. If you see bubbles start to form on the hose, this means propane is leaking. Replace the hose and connectors before using the grill.

Wear the Right Clothing For Grill Safety

The grillmaster should wear clothing with short or tightly fitted sleeves. Apron strings and long hair should be tied back so they don’t fall over the grill and catch fire. If you know you will be in charge of cooking the food at your barbeque, keep this grill safety tip in mind.

These are just a few grill safety tips to remember. Cleaning your grill regularly and having a fire extinguisher on hand are also good ideas to help prevent injuries while grilling.

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