Summer is approaching, and it’s time to break out the grill - if you haven’t already. Start your cookout season with caution using these tips:

  1. Before you use your gas grill, the National Fire Protection Association recommends that you check the major connection point between the propane tank and hose, and check where the hose connects to the burners. Tighten them if loose.

  2. Check the tank hose for leaks. If you put a soap and water mixture on the hose, bubbles will appear when you turn the tank on if there is a leak.

  3. Figure out the functions of a fire extinguisher. Most people keep a fire extinguisher in their home, but be sure to re-read the manual before you start cooking. That's time you won't have if there's an actual fire.

  4. If you’re using a charcoal grill, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never mix flammable fluids.

  5. Never turn on your grill with the lid still closed, gas can build up and cause a fireball to explode upon opening.

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