PINE BELT (WDAM) - With the holiday weekend coming up, the Hattiesburg Fire Department has some safety tips folks should remember before they fire up the old barbecue grill.
"When you're first pulling your grill out, you want to make sure that you check it for cleanliness and you want to check the hoses and the regulator for any frays or tears and if there are any tears you want to make sure that you get it replaced before you use it," said Johnny Jackson, Hattiesburg Fire Department fire marshal.
Jackson also said to place the grill at least 10 feet from a building or away from low branches.
Do not leave the grill unattended and keep children or pets at least 3 feet away from the grill.
Have a fire extinguisher nearby in case the fire gets out of hand.