A great way to stay out of the kitchen in the summer is to grill outdoors. The number one rule for grilling is not the secret family recipe for BBQ sauce or those hard to find briquettes – it’s S-A-F-E-T-Y!
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 10,600 home structure and outdoor fires involving grills per year from 2014 to 2018. Over the same time period, an estimated average of 19,700 people per year went to hospital emergency departments because of injuries associated with grills or barbecues
Charcoal grills are responsible for the majority of home fires and injuries rather than gas grills, but each type can be dangerous. Significantly reduce your chances of grilling-gone-wrong by following these simple safety precautions.
- Grills should only be used outdoors and at a safe distance from exterior walls, siding, eaves, deck railings, low hanging tree branches, etc.
- Never ever leave a grill unattended when lit or in use.
- Know how to use your grill and regularly inspect gas grills for problems, such as a fuel leak or clogged line.
- Routinely remove grease buildup from grills, and be sure to keep them clean to help prevent flare-ups caused by debris.
- If using a charcoal grill, do not dispose of the coals until they are completely cool, and be sure to put them in a safe, nonflammable container outside your home – not in your garage.
- Be sure to keep kids and pets away from the grill area, and don’t wear loose clothing if you are grilling.
- Always have a fire extinguisher close by and a phone to call 9-1-1 if needed.