Greenfield chief gives fire-preventing grilling tips
Melissa McCrady, Susan Kim. Video by 620wtmj.comvideo
MILWAUKEE - The July 4th holiday is one where many people bring the tradition of grilling out with family and friends.
One fire official is helping advocate for people to keep safety first while grilling, especially during near-drought conditions like what we've experienced in Milwaukee.
"The first thing is correct location," said Greenfield Fire Chief Jon Cohn on TODAY'S TMJ4's "Live at Daybreak."
"You want to be at least 10 feet away from any structure, so if there is any problem with the grill...you're not going to have your home or a garage on fire. We recommend concrete or patios, at least 10 feet away from any structure."
Cohn and his staff demonstrated the use of a gas grill, which brings about particular procedures to remember.
"Every time we use the grill...we do an inspection to make sure the hoses are tightly fitted that there's no cracks that have occurred. Then, we turn on our tank which should be kept in the off position in case a problem (occurred) from the last time we grilled."
After that comes the step of firing it up.
"Then, we want to follow the manufacturers instructions. We turn on our grill, and then we light our grill.
"If for some reason the grill doesn't start, follow the manufacturer's instructions. Most of them recommend turning everything off, waiting for gas to dissipate for 3-5 minutes, then trying again."
Chief Cohn emphasized the need to have space between the grill and any other thing that could catch fire, particularly with such a lack of rain in our area.
"A lot of care has to be taken when grilling, all the time, but especially in dry conditions. Know your surroundings and make sure you're in a clear area that's not going to cause bigger problems."
The Chief told Newsradio 620 WTMJ that you should always be aware of your surroundings when it's this dry. If you're doing anything that could cause a fire, pay attention.
One thing you might not think about that they're watching is hot cars parked on dry grass.