Proper disposal of charcoal after grilling

After grilling, you let the charcoal cool for 24 to 48 hours

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – A 2 year old was seriously injured on Sunday after stepping on hot coals, on a Cape Cod beach.

As we welcome the fourth of July, many families will be celebrating the holiday over the grill.  The East Longmeadow Fire Department Lieutenant Christopher Beecher, suggests, after grilling, you let the charcoal cool for 24 to 48 hours.

If you plan to grill on the beach, placing charcoal in sand will not cool the coals. Lieutenant Christopher Beecher stated, “Your best bet is to put it in a metal ash can. It’s designed specifically for coals because it does still burn, so throwing it away, even a few hours after you use it, those coals are still hot and can cause a fire.”

Lt. Beecher also told 22News, you can buy metal ash cans at any hardware store.

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