Fire officials offer safety tips for Memorial Day weekend

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Memorial Day Weekend typically includes lots of celebrations and cookouts. As time gets closer, there are things to consider while finalizing plans this holiday.

“The first thing to consider is that this is sort of the unofficial kickoff to summer, coming up this weekend,” Susan McKelvey mentions, “For some people, this may be first time they’re pulling out their grill. So you want to make sure it’s in good working order; that it’s clean, there’s no debris, even sometimes, insects or a bird’s nest in it sometimes. You really want to inspect it carefully, make sure it’s clear.”

Grills are recommended to be at least three feet away from the house.

“Naturally, everyone is ready to throw down on barbecue for Memorial Day weekend,” Cora Dickey phrases, “but local fire officials want to make sure the only thinking world is what’s on the holiday menu.”

Grilling isn’t the only thing that makes Memorial Day big for fire departments. Fireworks at night bring lots of EMS calls.

The Grand Junction Fire Department says a safe holiday makes a great holiday.

“Fireworks can cause both fire calls and EMS calls,” Ellis Thompson-Ellis informs, “If it goes up or blows up, it’s illegal. We want to make sure that, if you are going to be using fireworks, make sure you’re not next to anything that can catch on fire make sure a sober and capable adult is handling that and don’t leave the kids unattended with anything that can set a fire.”

Grand Junction Fire Department also advise people to light fireworks away from fuel or anything else flammable. The National Fire Protection Association has safety tips for grilling season from gas tanks to proper storage.

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