As the Memorial Day weekend kicks off so does, the unofficial start of summer. According to National Fire Protection Association, NFPAgrillers everywhere are dusting off their spatulas and are eager to let the grilling season begin.
You should know the NFPA is recommending that grillers be mindful of safety, especially as the peak months for grilling fires, June and July, approach. They are reporting that gas grills contribute to a higher number of home fires than their charcoal counterparts; all grills pose a risk for fires and burns.
Did you know? Gas grills were involved in an annual average of 7,100 home fires in 2006-2010, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in an annual average of 1,200 home fires, according to a 2012 NFPA report on cooking fires.
Check out a real-life example where: Hannah Storm, ESPN Sports Center anchor was severely burned in a grill fire. She worked with NFPA to record several videos to share her story and raise awareness for grilling safety in hopes that others will avoid similar incidents.
“Grilling season is a great time of year for friends and families to have cookouts and tailgate, but before starting the season, be sure your grill is working properly and review safety tips,” said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Communications for NFPA.
Check out five grilling safety tips from the NFPA:
- Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
- 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 grills and in trays below the grill.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before igniting it.
Check out five more grilling safety tips from the NFPA concerning charcoal grills:
- There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
- If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
- Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
- There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
- When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
For more information click here. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed at no cost here as well.