Avoiding a Grill Fire
We’re entering the summer months which typically means it’s time for outdoor grilling. It’s important to make sure you and your family are taking the proper steps to ensure safety measures are in place. According to the National Fire Protection Association, seven out of every 10 adults in the U.S. have a grill or smoker. July is the peak month for grill fires (18%), including both structure, outdoor or unclassified fires, followed by June (15%), May (13%) and August (12%). Here are some safety tips the NFPA has given to help prevent grill fires in your home:
- 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 at least three feet away from the grill area.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grill and in trays below the grill.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.