According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), three out of five households include an outdoor grill, smoker, or BBQ.
From 2014-2018, fire departments responded to an annual average of 8,900 home fires involving grills, and an average of 19,700 patients went to emergency rooms each year because of grill-related injuries. (SOURCE: National Fire Protection Association)
Whether you are preparing for a summer cookout or need a quick fix for storm season power outages, it is likely your favorite grill master has the answer! Never forget, safety should be every griller’s #1 priority!
Here are some safety tips your family’s grill master should keep in mind.
- Maintain and clean your grill routinely, and for gas grills, check regularly for leaks.
- Only use grills outside and away from buildings and deck rails.
- Never, ever leave a lit grill unattended.
- Enforce a three-foot safe zone rule around the grill to help keep children and pets safe.
- Plan ahead for putting out flames: fire extinguisher, sand, baking soda, or garden hose.
- Use common sense: never move a hot grill, and to avoid burns, use only long-handled utensils.
Stay safe and happy grilling! For more tips and helpful videos, such as how to test your grill for leaks, check out the National Fire Protection Association.