While fireworks might be a cause of concern for fires in the Florissant area, barbecuing for the Fourth of July could be another.
Florissant Valley Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Jeff Seppelt said residents need to “be smart and use common sense” when it comes to barbecuing for the Fourth of July.
He also advise that residents be careful of disposing of embers, and they should wait a few days to make sure the embers are out and won’t spread a fire amonst the dry conditions.
The National Fire Protection Association also lists a number of safety tips to keep in mind for this year’s Fourth of July barbecue. Between 2005 and 2009, fire departments across the country responded to 8,200 fires involving grills or barbecues, including 4,800 outside fires.
- The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
- For a propane grill, make sure to check for gas leaks before cooking. Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
For more information and tips, check out the National Fire Protection Association’s website.