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Laws, tips when using barbecue, charcoal grills at Tahoe

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Effective June 1, the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District will close open burning for wood and recreational burning that requires a permit.

This prohibition on open public burning will remain in effect until further notice. Contact Assistant Fire Marshal Mark Regan with questions at 775-831-0351, ext. 8107.

Propane and charcoal barbecuing is still acceptable, as long as used within manufacturer's guidelines and recommendations. Follow these simple safety tips when using charcoal or propane grills:

Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.

The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.

Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.

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Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.

Never leave your grill unattended.

Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.

Charcoal Grills

There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.

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, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.

When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container. Contact the Fire District for a free ash can. To obtain a free can, if you qualify, fill out an application at the Fire District Administration Office, 866 Oriole Way.

Propane Grills

Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.

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 by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.

If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.

If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting it.

This article was submitted by the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District. Visit nltfpd.net.