With warm temperatures and holiday weekends finally on tap, it’s time to think about outdoor barbecues. The National Fire Protection Agency has some guidelines for safety as the grilling season heats up. First, locate the grill outdoors, never in an enclosed area, away from siding, railings, overhanging branches, or structures. Check the fuel line to the gas barbecue every season for leaks or defects. Apply soap and wataer to the hose and turn on the gas. If the soap bubbles, there is a leak. Turn off the gas and check to see that the leak stops. If it stops, have the grill serviced by a trained professional. If the leak does not stop once the gas is off, call the fire department. If ever you smell gas while grilling, get away from the grill and call the fire department. Never try to move the grill if you smell gas. Make sure that your grill and equipment are certified by and independent testing laboratory, follow instructions for setup and use, and never, ever store gas cylinders inside. If using charcoal grills, keep the grill away from structures and never apply starter fluid once the coals or kindling are going. Enjoy the holiday and stay safe!

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