One of the greatest staples of summertime in Texas is grilling up burgers and hot dogs in the backyard on a nice, warm day. Take a look at these tips on backyard grilling to make sure the only thing on fire is your grill.
- Make sure your grill is on a level surface and far from anything that is easily flammable such as plants, bushes, fences, your house, etc.
- Make sure you only use your grill outside. Do not use it inside!
- Clean your grill before and after each use and check the parts regularly in case you need to replace something.
- Do not leave your grill unattended or let children play near it when the grill is hot.
- For gas grills...
- Check the grill's hoses for leaks before each use. If you have a leak, you should call a professional right away and get your grill serviced.
- If you smell gas while you are using your grill, immediately get away from the grill and notify the local fire department.
- For charcoal grills...
- Do not add lighter fluid directly to hot coals.
- Do not use gasoline or kerosene to light a charcoal fire.
- Before you dispose of burnt coals, let the ashes cool before putting them in a noncombustible container or in a can of sand or bucket of water.
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