People across East Mississippi and West Alabama will be firing up their grills on Monday to celebrate the unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day.
Lauderdale County fire officials say in order for everyone to have a safe and fun time, there are a few things the cooks preparing those holiday favorites need to remember. First of all, making sure you are grilling in a well ventilated area.
"You don't want to have your grill right up against your house," according to Lauderdale County Fire Services Recruitment Coordinator Keith Reed. "Don't want to have it inside an enclosed carport or garage where there are other flammable liquids or something that would be there that could catch on fire."
Reed says grillers should also make sure they have the necessary equipment needed to properly light the grill. He says to avoid overusing charcoal starter and make sure the gas is not turned up too high in order to avoid an explosion. Of course, be sure the top of the grill is open when you light it.
"I would recommend having a fire extinguisher within reach where you can get to it pretty quick," Reed suggests.
With school out for the summer, more and more families will be grilling on a regular basis now. That's why Reed says everyone needs to take extra precautions in order to keep from starting a grass or brush fire, or even worse, setting your home on fire.