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Light Up the Grill, Don't Light Up the Fireworks

The Crestwood Fire Dept. shares some tips on grilling safety this July 4, and reiterates the illegality of using fireworks.

This year, the case is the same: Using fireworks is illegal in St. Louis County.

So unless you're heading out to Jefferson County or unincorporated areas this Fourth of July holiday, it's suggested to go see a legal show of pyrotechnics.

"In fact, with as dry as it has been over the past weeks we would advise to be extra cautious with all types of sources of ignition and forego setting off fireworks," said Mark Menning, Crestwood Fire Dept. assistant chief and fire marshal.

But if you're staying in the Sunset Hills and Crestwood area, hosting a barbecue and lighting up the grill, Menning suggests the following points of reference to make sure "fireworks" aren't being caused by other means:

"Every year grills and smokers cause many fires, injuries, and millions of dollars in damage.  By following a few safety rules you can make sure your outdoor cooking activities will leave only pleasant memories. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers the following tips to stay safe while grilling.

  • The grill should be placed a minimum of 15 feet away from the home, deck railings, and out from under the eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area. Make sure the grill isn’t going to require people to walk too close to hot surfaces and that children won’t be playing nearby.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat build-up.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • If you use a starter fluid, only use charcoal lighter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container."

Here's to prepping for a happy -- and safe -- Fourth.

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