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Labor Day Grill Safety Tips

Hamburgers, hot dogs, and barbecue ribs, it all sounds good.

If that's part of your grilling menu this Labor Day weekend, here are some safety tips you should know. If you're using a gas grill, make sure to check your propane tanks for any leaks. Also, if you live in an apartment in many city limits, it is illegal to grill on your balcony. Another tip is to always monitor your grill periodically. Lastly, proper disposal of the "charcoal" is key, when it comes to preventing a fire. "If you light a charcoal grill, it may take two days for that to cool down and not be hot anymore, so if you do dispose of those, just make sure that they are completely out, wet it down good, stir it and then dispose of it," said Captain Jeff Akin of the Tyler Fire Department.  Another tip to remember, "Captain Akin" says, is to keep all flammable contents away from the grill.

LaKecia Shockley, reporting. lshockley@kltv.com

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