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Safety Tips for Grilling this Holiday Weekend

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Mark Horton grills around 156 times a year. This 4th of July holiday is no exception. Horton is the owner of the oldest BBQ retailer in central Montana and knows a thing or two about grilling etiquette.

" Like a propane grill not leaving it on too long, in this heat. Also taking care when you're lighting your BBQ. Always lift your lid up. It's very important so the gas doesn't build up when you have a propane grill where it explodes on you," says Horton.

Another safety tip is once you lift the lid up, make sure it ignites right away. If it doesn't, turn the grill off and let it settle and try again. The American Red Cross advises people to never leave a grill unattended when in use and to never add charcoal lighter fluid when coals have been ignited.

Aside from knowing how to operate a grill, avoid other health hazards by knowing when your food is safe to eat. Make sure you're food is at the right temperature. Chicken's internal temperature should be at least 180 degrees.

Thursday is Independence  Day so of course keep those fireworks at a safe distance. Horton recommends lighting fireworks at, at least 50 feet.


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