With Memorial Day weekend gradually approaching so comes the unofficial kickoff of summer and with it, an increase in outdoor celebrations and cookouts.
With this in mind, the National Fire Protection Association is working to ensure people understand where potential grilling risks exist and how to minimize them. For instance, the group recommends keeping your grill clean, well away from your home, and to always make sure the gas grill lid is open before lighting it. Other tips include keeping children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area, and never leaving your grill unattended while it’s in use.
Data from the National Fire Protection Association shows between 2017-2021, US fire departments responded to an annual average of over 11,000 home fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues. These incidents caused an annual average of two civilian deaths, 176 injuries, and $172 million in direct property damage.