Summer is a time when many people like to cook outside, so one local firefighter is asking the public to use proper precaution when using the barbecue grill.  Whether you are using a gas grill or charcoal, inviting fire into your backyard can have severe consequences if an accident would happen.

So East Alton Fire Department Engineer Drew Mortland offers some tips that many of us would consider common sense.

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In addition, 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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