Summertime and grilling out go hand in hand, so it is no surprise that July is National Grilling Month. The weather is nice, and it’s the perfect time to get together with friends and family, especially if you have just moved into your new home.

Don’t let a grilling incident spoil your outdoor fun and damage your home. Before you fire up the grill this summer be sure to follow a few of these safety precautions and keep the good times rolling.

  • Trim excess fat. Meat fat helps keep the meat moist and adds that good flavor we all love. But if the meat is too fatty, grease flareups are more likely and can cause serious injuries. It’s a great idea to trim any excess fat when preparing your meat to grill.
  • Clean your grill. Grease flareups are not the ideal way to welcome summer. Be sure to remove grease or fat build-up. If you have charcoal grill, be sure the coal has completely cooled before disposing into a metal container.
  • Check for Propane Leaks. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose and then turn on the gas. If the solution begins to bubble, there is a gas leak. Be aware of flames that don’t light or the smell of gas too. If the flame doesn’t light or goes out, wait five minutes before trying to re-light.
  • Wear the right clothing. Clothing can easily catch fire. Pay attention that your clothing isn’t dangling over the grill, including shirt tails, sleeves, and apron ties.
  • Be prepared to put out a fire. Keep baking soda on hand in case of a grease fire and always have a fire extinguisher close by. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, a bucket of sand also does the trick.

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