Mobile Fire and Rescue Service advises on how to stay safe this 4th of July bank holiday weekend

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – With a busy weekend ahead filled with barbecues, fireworks and travel, the Mobile Fire Rescue Service has some friendly reminders to help you get through a holiday weekend safe and fun.

When it comes to grilling it, Steven Millhouse of Mobile Fire-Rescue said people should cook with caution.

“You want to make sure your grill is at least 10 feet from any structure, so don’t do it in your garage or under your carport, anywhere near your house or tent or anything like that” , Millhouse said, “Cooking and grilling you never want to leave the area, so if you’re cooking in the kitchen, don’t leave the kitchen and if you’re grilling, stay somewhere near the grill where it’s insightful.”

Millhouse also said to make sure children and pets are at least three feet away from the cooking area.

While some stay home and have a good old-fashioned barbecue, others hitting the road to get to their vacation destinations may have to be patient on the roads.

“We’re mobile, so we’re at the intersection of two major highways, I-10 and I-65, so you can definitely expect a lot of beach travel,” Millhouse said, “so be mindful patience, stay fully alert, definitely don’t want to be distracted while driving and make things worse for yourself.”

Meanwhile, as night falls and the fireworks begin to light up the sky, some people may be considering trying to light their own…but you might want to think again.

“Within the city limits of Mobile, fireworks are strictly prohibited without a permit, so there is a complete ban on burning throughout the city of Mobile, and fireworks are prohibited.”

If you’re looking for a fireworks display, Mobile Fire-Rescue recommends going to the City of Mobile’s 4th of July celebration at Cooper-Riverside Park for the whole family to enjoy.

A few other tips to remember: the mobile police department will have zero tolerance for party gunfire and always make sure that if you go out and plan to drink you have a designated driver.

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