PETAL, MS (WDAM) - It's that time of year again. It's the time for families to grill and celebrate the holiday.
According to experts, July is the "number one month" for grilling, but there are some safety tips to keep in mind.
"The number one cause of fire in gas grills is improper cleaning. When you cook overtime, you have a lot of build up. And the pans underneath that capture all of the grease and leftover food. If you don't clean it properly and light the grill up, it catches fire" said Scott Hinnant with the Petal Fire Department.
That's why experts recommend checking the grill before cooking. This includes checking the buildup, and checking the gas if you use gas grills.
Another important safety tip is the where you put the grill. "Be mindful of what's on the ground around the grill if you're not grilling on a deck or a slab" said Eric Vanfossen of the Petal Fire Department.
Overall it's important to be safe and have fun.