Grilling is one of the many hallmarks of summer, and there are few activities more enjoyable than gathering with friends and family to collectively soak in the sunshine over burgers (veggie or otherwise). However, as June and July are popular months for grilling, they are also the peak months for grilling fires. Grilling was involved in over 8,000 fires between 2006 and 2010, with the majority of these caused by gas grills, according to a 2012 NFPA report on cooking fires.
In anticipation of Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, NFPA is reminding grillers to be safe.
- 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 grill 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.
For more tips, check out www.nfpa.org/grilling.