Should seem like a no-brainer, right? Well, many people overlook this detail and tend to say goodbye to their favorite gazebo because the grill sent it ablaze. Also, make sure to be mindful of overhanging tree branches when you set up your grill or if it’s too close to a vinyl fence.

Make sure your grill is stable

Make sure that the area you choose for your grilling needs is flat and stable. You don’t want an accident with a grill tipping over and catching things on fire or spilling your meat. If needed, consider using a grill pad or splatter mat underneath your grill for added deck and patio protection.

Keep your grill clean

Nobody likes a dirty grill! Some people believe that not cleaning the grill will lock in certain flavors and make your food better. However, this isn’t always the case. Fat and grease build up on the grill and increase the chances of fire. Be safe and take five minutes to clean your grill when you’re done.

Check for propane leaks on your gas grill

Before you hit this season’s first barbecue, check the gas tank hose for leaks. You can do this by applying a light soap and water solution to the hose and then turning on the gas. The solution will bubble, and you’ll see that there is a leak. There is also the sign of a propane leak if you smell gas and the flame won’t ignite.

Take care around the grill

Never leave a lit grill unattended. Don’t allow kids or pets to play near the grill. Never try to move a lit or hot grill, and remember the grill will stay hot for at least an hour after use.

Wear the right clothing

Clothing can easily catch fire. Be mindful of your shirt tails, sleeves or even apron strings that could dangle over the flame of the grill.

Be ready to put out the fire

Have baking soda on hand to control a grease fire and a fire extinguisher nearby for other fires. If you don’t have a fire extinguisher, keep a bucket of sand next to the grill. Never use water to put out grease fire.

Follow these tips for a great grilling season!