Super Bowl Fans Urged to Be Cautious When Grilling this Weekend - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/29/09

Super Bowl Fans Urged to Be Cautious When Grilling this Weekend

The big matchup between the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers is this weekend. For many folks that means grilling some Super Bowl snacks, but the fire marshal's office wants you to be careful during your game day celebrations.

"Oh gosh, we do all kinds of homemade stuff. Chips and dips and sodas, and I'm sure there's gonna be hot wings."

Kim Van is ready for football, family, and food this Sunday. "Definitely grilling - probably burgers.  My dad's a big bratwurst fan, so we'll probably have burgers and brats."

But the recent burn ban put into place in Lubbock County may affect your Super Bowl Sunday plans. Lubbock County Commissioners recently put the ban into effect because the dry conditions in West Texas make it easy for grass fires to spread.

Open flames are not allowed, including open grills. So if you plan to cook out for the big game, make sure you use a grill with a lid.

The fire marshal's office says the burn ban doesn't legally apply within the city limits, but they suggest Lubbock residents still follow it. "Use common sense.  My goodness, we're in an extremely dry climate at an extremely dry time of year, with fuels that are just ready to go at any spark.  Why in the world would anybody in their right mind want to do open burning during that time?" remarks Garett Nelson, spokesman for the Lubbock Fire Department.

The fire marshal's office also says it's better to use propane than charcoal when grilling. Overall, just be careful when cooking this weekend and enjoy the game.

You can watch the Super Bowl right here on NewsChannel 11. Kick-off is Sunday night around 5:20 p.m.

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