Longview, TX — East Texans will be firing up their grill this Fourth of July weekend, but with two homes destroyed by grilling accidents already this year Longview Fire Fighters are urging safety and caution when it comes to cooking.
KETK's Texas Reardon has more grilling tips to keep you safe this holiday weekend.
Grilling, it's as american as apple pie and has become a tradition for americans during the Fourth of July holiday but this tradition can turn tragic.
"Anytime you're using a grill charcoal or propane its putting off a tremendous amount of radiant heat through the back of the grill," says Longview Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary.
"Over time that radiant heat will actually cause combustion of combustible products even if the combustible product behind the veneer so you may not see it but it could slowly start smoldering," added Zackary.
Longview Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary recommends keeping your grill at least five to ten feet away from your home.
With children around the holiday celebration keeping them safe from the grill is just as important.
"It's very important to make sure that the grill isn't where kids are playing because they can knock it over on themselves or something that's combustible but have a safe distance between the kids playing and the grill being secured, " Zackary said.
With your holiday fun winding down proper disposal of charcoal can keep your yard and party from going up in flames.
"Make sure its completely out before its dumped in a yard or in a bucket because those can actually still have a lot of heat in them and cause a fire," says Zackary.
Zackary adds grills are not allowed on porches or patios at apartment complexes and grillers must keep their grills at least ten feet away from the building.
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