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Outdoor Cooking & Charcoal Grills

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Barbecuing is one of the true joys of summertime. Who hasn’t enjoyed good company, perfect weather and good food made over hot coals or a gas fire – at home, in a park, on a beach or a campsite? According to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association, more than 80% of all U.S. households own a grill, with almost half of the people grilling at least 1-2 times per week during summer months . Grilling is fun, affordable, makes food taste good and brings together friends and family.

Some tips for Charcoal Grills:

•Use one of the following methods to start charcoal for cooking:

•If you use a charcoal chimney to start charcoal for cooking, use a long match to avoid burning your fingers when lighting the paper.

•If you use an electric charcoal starter, be sure to use a grounded extension cord.

•If you choose to use lighter fluid, use only fluid intended for charcoal grills.

•Never add charcoal starter fluid to coals or kindling that has already been ignited.

•Never use gasoline or any other flammable liquid except charcoal starter or lighter fluid to start a charcoal fire.

•Store charcoal starter fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.

•Dispose of charcoal coals only after they are cool. Empty the coals into a metal container with a tight-fitting lid that is used only to collect coals. Place the container outside away from anything that can burn. Never empty coals directly into a trash can.

Check back next week for safety tips on using propane grills.

Stay S.A.F.F.E.,

Johnny Bellows

Kilgore Fire Chief

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