WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Memorial Day is meant to remember America’s war dead, but the three day holiday weekend is also celebrated as a start to the summer season. Many families mark Memorial Day weekend with cookouts.
The West Springfield Fire Department said there are definite steps to take to avoid a fire.
They urge you to set your gas grill on level ground and well away from the side of your house, deck railings and hanging branches. If you’re using a charcoal grill there are way to properly dispose those smoldering coals.
“When you’re done grilling you want to let the charcoals cool completely and then dispose of them into a metal container” said West Springfield Fire Lieutenant Chris Geary.
Fire officials also want to remind people to keep cigarettes or anything else that may catch fire out of mulch because it does catch fire very easily
Lt. Geary also stressed that cigarettes should be put out in an ash tray or sand. DO NOT flick them out of the window. They told 22News they’ve had calls for multiple mulch fires because of that.
Other grilling tips include checking propane tanks for leaks and keeping your children and pets at least 3 feet from the grill at all times.
“Make sure that the kids are away from the fire, we keep the fire away from the house at least a safe 10 yard distance” said Michelle Annette of West Springfield.
As always if you do spot any kind of fire this holiday weekend make sure to call 911.