Labor Day grilling reminders to keep you and your family safe

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Chances are, you and your family are getting ready to grill out for Labor Day on Monday. Although making sure you know what to do in case of an emergency, or even best practice grilling tips, are important to keep in mind.

Before you get ready to make your Labor Day lunch on the grill and turn up the flames, make sure you brush up on some safety reminders.

"Keep your grill 10 feet away from any structure, don't bring it under any type of structure," said Captain Frank McKenzie with Huntsville Fire and Rescue.

In case a fire does start from your grill, Captain McKenzie recommends having a fire extinguisher on hand, just in case.

"If you have one in the house, most people do, just bring it out and set it outside your grill while you're grilling," said Captain McKenzie. "That way, you've got that safety measure there if you need it."

He suggests not wearing loose clothing and avoid using oils that can spark a fire. However, it's not only the flame you have to worry about, it's the food you're putting on the grill, too.

"Cook foods to the proper temperature, clean surfaces when you're done and just try not to mix things up - just good common sense food safe behaviors," said Kroger District Manager, Tregg Player.

And before you head to the store, Player says having a plan in place can save you from the party planning headache.