The spring has been mild and dry enough that many of us have gotten in our first barbecue of the season.  But area fire officials are asking area residents to use caution when firing up their barbecue grill today, or anytime, due to the potential for things to go wrong.

Tom Wills, Godfrey Fire Protection District Public Information Officer, says if you are using a gas grill make sure the burners are clean.  There is a different set of precautions when using charcoal.

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He says you should pick a grilling area wisely, put the grill on a solid surface where it is unlikely to tip over, or catch grass on fire if an ember would escape or something would drip from the grill.  He also suggests clearing the area around the grill of any potential flammables.


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