It’s the middle of summer and the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends over some nice barbecued food. Just make sure the only thing you’re barbecuing is your food! Did you know that grills are involved in over 8,000 home and outdoor fires a year?
The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) reported that there were 10,000 grill fires in 2012 and 8,700 in 2013, and a continued average greater than 8,000 fires annually.
Vice President of Communications of NFPA, Lorraine Carli explains how “as summer approaches, the threat of grilling fires is becoming more prevalent”. She also reminds us to keep in mind that “although grilling fires are more common during summer and warmer months, it is important to remember that grilling fires do occur throughout the entire year and simple steps can be taken to avoid them”.
Here are some tips from the NFPA regarding BBQ safety:
- 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.
Don’t make your kick-off barbecue memorable for all the wrong reasons. By reviewing grilling safety tips, you can prevent home grilling fire and enjoy your barbecue the way it was meant to be enjoyed! Stay safe and enjoy!