Remember during this summer grilling season not to dump hot coals at the base of trees or in areas where fires could ignite, especially during this hot and dry summer season. Each year, countless numbers of trees are damaged in parks when patrons unknowingly dump hot coals at their bases. The Chicago Fire Department has responded to many prairie fires this season caused by discarded cigarettes and barbecue coals. These fires can spread very rapidly and are difficult to extinguish. Follow these simple safety precautions when grilling in a park:
- Only grill in designated grilling areas that have red, metal "hot coal cans."
- Stay away from playgrounds, trees or any dry grass or shrubs.
- When finished grilling, extinguish hot coals with water and dispose of hot coals in the provided red, metal "hot coal cans."
Special care should also be exercised whenever children are around the grill. Grills are the cause of many personal injury accidents each summer. McCready, Garcia & Leet hope you enjoy yourself at the next picnic or BBQ, but please be careful.