Ensure only your food gets seared this summer

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  • By John Martin
  • 452 AMW March Fire Department
It's that time of year again when individuals and families alike enjoy the warming temperatures, and summer is right around the corner. 

The one holiday that comes to mind that sets summer into motion is Memorial Day. It's a great time to reflect upon the people and events that have shaped our country into what it is today. It is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. 

The very first observance is credited back to 30 May 1868. Times have obviously changed quite a bit since then. Included in that statement is how we celebrate the holiday and the dangers that accompany it. 

Americans love to barbecue and here are some tips to keep your holiday and festivities safe and without incident. 

· Before using a grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line. Make sure the venturi tubes - where the air and gas mix - are not blocked. 

· Do not overfill the propane tank. 

· Do not wear loose clothing while cooking over a barbecue 

· Be careful when using lighter fluid. Do not add fluid to an already lit fire because the flame can flashback up into the container and explode. 

· Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Teach your children to report any loose matches or lighters to an adult immediately. Supervise children around outdoor grills. 

· Dispose of hot coals properly - douse them with plenty of water, and stir them to ensure that the fire is out. Never place them in plastic, paper or wooden containers. 

· Never grill/barbecue in enclosed areas - carbon monoxide could be produced. 

· Make sure everyone knows to Stop, Drop and Roll in case a piece of clothing does catch fire. Call 911 or your local emergency number if a burn warrants serious medical attention. 

Barbecuing is fun and a very social event. Let's also make it a safe one.