Tips for a Safe Backyard Barbecue

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 Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start to grilling season for many across the Valley as they cook out in honor of the holiday. But before it’s back to the barbecue, there are things people should know to be safe.   

Every Memorial Day Weekend thousands of grill masters across the Ohio Valley fire up their grills for the first time in months for holiday cookouts. All that sitting around can become dangerous if the proper care and preparations aren’t completed before bringing them back out this season.

The following 10 safety tips were developed by Good Morning America to ensure safety while cooking out:

1) Make sure your grill is at least 10 feet away from the house.

2) Clean your grill regularly.

3) Check all the hoses for gas leaks.

4) Keep decorations away from your grill that could catch fire.

5) Keep a spray bottle of water handy in case of flare-ups.

6) Keep a fire extinguisher within a few steps of your grill.

7) Don’t turn the gas on when the lid is closed, it could lead to a buildup of gas and cause an explosion.

8) Don’t leave a grill unattended.

9) Don’t overload a grill with food, especially fatty meats, because  the dripping fat could cause a flare-up.

10) Never use a grill indoors.

Yearly, more than 7,000 Americans are hurt during backyard barbecues, mostly because a good product is being used badly. 

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