Many communities have cancelled fireworks, Carlinville has placed a ban on open burning, and now Alton's Fire Chief is asking the public to use proper precaution when using the barbecue grill during this drought. Whether you are using a gas grill or charcoal, inviting fire into your backyard can have severe consequences if an accident would happen.

So Bernie Sebold offers some tips that many of us would consider common sense.

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In addtition, he says to keep a three foot area around the grill clear of any rubbish or paper items that could catch on fire.

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