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Clinton County Firefighters Association asks for safe July 4th

— Members of the Clinton County Firefighters Association wish everyone a wonderful Fourth of July.

Public safety and protection is important during this celebratory season.

Residents are encouraged to stop by local fire stations if you have any questions.

NFPA Barbecue safety tips:

Propane and charcoal grills must be used outdoors.

Place the grill away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

Keep children and pets away from the grill area.

Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup.

Never leave your grill unattended.

PROPANE GRILL

Check the gas tank hose for leaks. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking get away from the grill and call the fire department.

CHARCOAL GRILL

Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper.

If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.

Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.

There are also electric charcoal starters,

Let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

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