Practice Grill Safety This Summer
July is the peak month for grill fires, accounting for 18 percent of all home structure and outdoor fires. Fire Corps teams can help reduce this number by promoting grill safety to community members.
Each year, U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 8,200 home structure or outdoor fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbeques. These fire incidents have resulted in an annual average of 15 civilian deaths, 120 reported civilian injuries, and $75 million in direct property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Home Fires involving Cooking Equipment Report.
Raise awareness and encourage people to follow these NFPA safety tips:
• Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
• The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
• Keep children and pets away from the grilling area.
• Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
• Never leave your grill unattended.
For more information, visit www.nfpa.org/grilling.