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Fire Department offers grilling safety tips this holiday weekend

A lot of people will be firing up the grill this week. The Penn Township Fire Department wants to remind you of some safety precautions.

First of all, never use a grill indoors including garages, overhangs and canopies

By law, grills must be at least 30 feet away from any multi-family apartment dwelling.
When using a grill at your single-family home, use a 10-foot perimeter from anything combustible, including your house! Never place a grill up against your house, wood deck or fence.

In St. Joseph County, all grills are illegal to use on balconies of apartments and condominium apartments

Do not allow children and pets to play near a grill. Fire official recommend you set up a ten foot safety zone around your grill.

Only use approved ignition fluids, never use gasoline to ignite a grill
. Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose or bucket of sand nearby to douse a grill fire that gets out of control.

Before you fire up the grill, inspect it to make sure everything is in working order. That includes checking all connections on your gas grills are tight and not leaking.

The fire department says, charcoal ashes and used briquettes should be disposed of in a metal container and allowed to cool down for up to 48 hours before disposal. 

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