Grill Safety Tips

Summer in New England is in full swing, and cooking outside means you don't have to heat up the house.   Grilling food is easy, quick, and flavorful, but, does not come without safety concerns.  

“As grilling season approaches, it is important to review basic safety tips,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy at the National Fire protection Association (NFPA). “Establishing a firesafe location for using your grill is also crucial, to make sure it is a safe distance from your home and other items that can burn.”

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Just how dangerous is grilling food?

Every year, grilling fires cause injuries and property damage, according to Mass.gov.  July is the peak month for grill fires, according to the latest 2014-2018 report from The National Fire Protection Organization.  Some highlights from that report state:

  • After July, peak months for grill fires are June, May and August.
  • A grill that had not been cleaned was involved in more than 1/4 of home grill structure fires.
  • 5 of every 6 grills involved in home fires were fueled by gas.
  • 10,600 home fires are started by grills each year, on average.  
  • 19,700 patients went to the ER per year because of injuries involving grills.

What are some ways to grill safely?

The NFPA offers the following tips for a fire-safe grill at your home:

  • For propane grills, check the gas tank for leaks.  (Watch NFPA's video on how to check for leaks.)
  • Keep your grill clean.  Remove grease or fat buildup from the grills and in the trays below.
  • Always grill outdoors
  • Place the grill well away from any structures such as the house, deck railings and also far from eaves and overhanging tree branches.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open prior to lighting it.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grilling area.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

Many people enjoy barbecuing in the summer months.  For safe grilling, follow these tips and always follow the owner's manual.  

 

What to do Next?

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