Summer time is here, and a lot of people are firing up their grills! But, because grills become so hot, they can burn you; plus if they are placed too close to anything that can burn, they are a serious fire hazard.
July is National Grilling Month. If you plan on heading outside use your grill, read up on these often overlooked dos and don’ts of grilling.
- Use your propane and/or charcoal grills outdoors.
- Keep the grill away from the home.
- Keep your grill clean. Remove grease and fat build up.
- Check your propane grill’s gas tank for leaks.
- Allow kids and/or pets too close to the hot grill.
- Keep the charcoal fluid in the reach of children and away from heat sources.
- Leave your grill unattended!
Unfortunately, June and July are peak months for grill-related fires. By following the simple dos and don’ts above, you can save your family from burns or even a house fire. On average, the fire department responds to almost 8,000 home fires that involve grills, hibachis or barbeques each year.
Ensure that your family, neighbors and friends are aware of safe grilling practices. For more information, visit this PDF from the NFPA.