With the Memorial Day weekend coming up, many people will be outside grilling their favorite foods with family and friends, but a cooking fire can dampen the holiday spirit.
Akron Fire Captain Al Bragg tells AkronNewsNow.com that while you're outside cooking, you have to be in accordance with the law.
"There's an ordinance in the city of Akron that requires your grill to be at least 15 feet from any structure," he explained.
"Keeping your cooking at least 15 feet away from any structure is critical, because when flames rise, they can reach your home or your neighbor's home."
Bragg says cooking fires are the number one cause of fire-related accidents in the country - not just Akron.
"When you're cooking, stay right there with whatever it is you're cooking, and you want to make sure you have a portable fire extinguisher handy in case something does happen."
He says all portable fire extinguishers should have an 'ABC' rating, 'A' meaning it's good for solids, 'B' meaning it's good for liquids and flammable gases and 'C' meaning it's not conductive.
Akron Fire Captain Al Bragg says in addition to cooking fires, fireworks can also be dangerous this time of year.
"Anything that blows up or flies in the air is illegal to use in the state of Ohio, so we shouldn't be using those types of fireworks."