During the summer, when backyard BBQs are especially popular, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges consumers to check their grills and “fire it up safely” to prevent fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Before popping-open the grill, do a safety check. Make sure the grill hasn’t been recalled, inspect the hoses for damages, check for propane gas leaks and keep the grill clean.

While operating the grill, use a well-ventilated area, never leave a grill unattended, and keep the grill hoses away from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease. Also remember to always keep children away from the grill area.

For more information or to view the CPSC’s Gas Grill Fact Sheet and Charcoal Grill Safety, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11228.html.

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