Summer time is getting closer, and a lot of people are firing up their grills! But, grills are a serious fire hazard because they become so hot, they can burn you; plus, if they are placed too close to anything flammable, they can ignite it.
May is National BBQ Month and Memorial Day is often the beginning of picnic and BBQ season. If you plan on heading outside to use your grill, read up on these often overlooked dos and don’ts of grilling. A fire would definitely put a damper on your get together.
- 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 or near heat sources.
- Leave your grill unattended!
July is the peak month for grill-related fires, but they can happen at any time (May and June follow in terms of number of grill 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 9,000 home fires that involve grills, hibachis or barbeques each year, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). A majority of injuries from grills are burns, so make sure you are taking precautions to prevent burns as well.
Ensure that your family, neighbors and friends are aware of safe grilling practices. For more information, visit this page of Grilling Safety Tips from the NFPA or watch the following video.