Fire safety tips for a safer holiday weekend

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Before you enjoy your holiday weekend, local fire officials want you and your family to go over some fire safety tips, especially about your family cookout. First responders said they do see a rise in fires once the summer season starts. That includes cooking-related fires and residents burning debris.

While experts obviously recommend never leaving a grill unattended, they also said it is a good idea to see what is above your outdoor cooking space. “Grilling safety is so important to maintain a safe grilling distance from the house, making sure you’re not grilling with branches overhead or anything like that could possible catch fire,” said Rico Bryson, public education coordinator with the Jackson Fire Department. Fire officials also remind you to never let your children play close to the grill without an adult nearby.

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