Although grilling is a popular way to prepare food in the summer, it can also be dangerous. The National Fire Protection Association reports that May, June, July and August are the most active months for grill fires—with July taking the top spot. Additionally, an average of 8,900 home fires are caused by grilling each year.
Keep the following safety suggestions in mind when grilling:
- Check the gas tank hose before using it for the first time each year.
- Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from other objects, including your house, trees and outdoor seating.
- Grill outside only on a flat surface, and don’t bring the grill into an unventilated or enclosed space, such as the garage, carport or porch.
- Only use starter fluid with charcoal grills—never with gas grills.
- Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grilling area.
- Don’t leave your grill unattended, as fires can double in size every minute.
- Clean the grill regularly to remove grease and fat buildup.
Overall, practicing vigilance and taking proper precautions can help reduce fires and associated burn injuries caused by grills.