Lots of barbecues are happening this weekend. It’s is no better time to pass along some grill safety tips to make sure your party is fun and incident fre p;Here are some statistics to illustrate the point.
From 2013-2017, grills, hibachis and barbecues were involved in 10,200 home fires per year. These fires were responsible for at least 10 deaths, 160 reported injuries, and $123 million in property damage. July (17%) is the peak month for grill fires, followed by June (14%), May (13%) and August (12%), according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
- Always use propane and charcoal grills outside
- Place the grill 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 the tray below the grill
- Never leave the grill unattended
- Always make sure your gas lid is open before lighting it
- Get your charcoal ready by using charcoal chimney starters which allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as fuel
- Only use charcoal starter fuel. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire
- Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from the heat source
- If using an electric charcoal starter, be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use
Follow these tips provided by Danielle Ling at Property/Casualty 360 for a safe and happy barbecue.