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Safety first: Make sure you have a successful crawfish boil

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Although crawfish season spans from November to July, Easter weekend is by far the most popular time to boil up some mudbugs. It's a fun tradition that can quickly become dangerous unless you take proper precautions.

"We always want to prevent people from becoming complacent," Curt Monte, Baton Rouge Fire Department, said. "Always make sure to have a good time, but keep your family safe, first."

Before you set up your gear, make sure it's up to code. If you're using propane, you'll need to check to see that it's certified and up-to-date. Also, have a fire extinguisher handy and make sure it's in good-working order.

Location, location, location! Setting up your boil spot is the key ingredient for a safe, and successful boil. Always make sure to cook in an open area. Although tempting, you should never cook under a carport.

Once the water beings to boil, you'll need to take precautions to prevent animals and small children from having access to the area. An adult should always have an observant eye on the pot as you should never leave it unattended.

"We responded to a call once where a man was cooking under a carport and he went inside and left it unattended," Monte recalled. "There was a crook in the hose that connected the propane taken, and that basically turned it into a torch. The flames caught the carport on fire and it spread through the home, which was destroyed."

The price of live crawfish averages $3 per pound, but being safe is free and it could save your life.

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