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Gresham Fire offers tips to prevent deadly home blazes during barbecuing; I Heart Rockwood returns next month

COURTESY PHOTO: ADRIAN KUBISZTAL, WIKIMEDIA COMMONS - Unsafe grilling leads to tens of thousands of house fires every year. Stay safe during grill season

Gresham Fire & Emergency Services wants all grill masters to stay safe this season as they whip up mouthwatering burgers, brats, skewers and more.

Here are some tips via the National Fire Protection Agency to prevent your backyard shindig from devolving into an inferno:

- Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outside

- Your grill should be placed well away from your home, deck railings and out from under eaves or overhanging branches

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

- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grill trays

- Never leave your grill unattended

- Make sure the gas grill lid is open before lighting it

Being smart and safe while grilling, which is still allowed during burn bans, is an important way to prevent fires. According to the National Fire Protection Agency, there are 10,600 home fires sparked by grills each year across the country, with July being the peak month. Injuries involving grills send 19,700 patients to the emergency room each year, with 9,500 thermal burns. Gas grills contribute to a higher number of fires than charcoal grills.

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Apply for Gresham advisory committee

There is a spot available for one more volunteer to join the Gresham Redevelopment Commission Advisory Committee to help guide urban renewal plans.

Members are appointed to three-year terms and must reside within city limits, with preference going to residents inside the Rockwood-West Gresham Urban Renewal Area.

There is one seat that needs to be filled. The group meets as needed at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month.

Apply online at

I Heart Rockwood returns next month

Organizations and businesses are invited to join the fun at the return of the largest annual festival in Rockwood.

The I Heart Rockwood Community Festival is set to return from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the Rockwood Market Hall, 18535 S.E. Stark St. Organizers are inviting vibrant and diverse members of the neighborhood to sign on to make the festival a special day for all ages following pandemic cancellations.

The festival offers complimentary services to Rockwood families by community partners, government agencies and local businesses. There will also be live entertainment, two community meals, an interactive kids zone, a BIPOC marketplace, haircuts, school supplies and more.

Learn more and contact organizers at

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