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Summer is finally here and many of us will be enjoying the warm sunshine with friends, family and barbeques, especially during the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.

In 2010, there was an estimated 3,800 gas or charcoal grill-related injuries treated in the emergency room, according to the CPSC. Below are some safety tips to ensure a safe grilling experience.

Safe Grilling Tips

Regular cleaning of the grill and grease trap greatly reduces the risk of grease fires.

All hoses should be inspected for any holes, leaks or cracks. If there are any noticeable defects, they should be addressed prior to grilling.

According to the CPSC, to check for a propane gas leak, fully open the gas valve and apply a soapy solution at the connection point, using a brush. If bubbles appear, there is a leak. Try to tighten the tank connection, if the leak is still present, the gas valve should be checked by a professional.

All grills should be used in a well-ventilated area. Grills should be used outside at all times, never indoors and never in a confined area.

Grilling can be a tedious process as the grill should never be left unattended. Should a flare-up occur, adjust the controls on the grill. If a grease fire breaks out, turn off the gas and use baking soda or a fire extinguisher to put out the fire.

Keep children and pets away from the grill as the outside surface is hot.

Regularly visit SaferProducts.gov to make sure your grill has not been involved in a recall.

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