With Memorial Day approaching summer months, NFPA offers advice on grilling and fire prevention
Often seen as the unofficial kickoff to summer, Memorial Day weekend typically features plenty of celebrations and barbecues, often with outdoor grilling as the focal point. As the holidays and summer months approach, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reminds all of the basic safety tips and precautions for grilling and celebrating safely.
NFPA data shows that from 2014 to 2018, fire departments responded to an annual average of 10,600 house fires per year involving grills, owls or barbecues. This includes 4,900 structural fires and 5,700 exterior or unclassified fires. These fires resulted in an average of 10 civilian deaths, 160 civilian injuries and $ 149 million in direct property damage.
The peak months for grill fires are July (18 percent of grill fires), June (15 percent), May (13 percent), and August (12 percent), although grill fires do occur all year. The main causes of grill fires include failure to clean the grill, the heat source being located too close to combustible materials, leaving the equipment unattended, and leaking or breaking of the grill or source. fuel.
“As grilling season approaches, it is important to review basic safety tips to ensure that grills are using the equipment correctly and safely, especially if the grill has not been used for. winter, ”said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of outreach and advocacy. “Establishing a fireproof location for the use of your grill is also crucial. It should be a safe distance from your home and other objects that can burn. “
Carli notes that as people continue to stay at home in response to the pandemic, there could be increased use of grills and other outdoor cooking equipment this season, which makes sharing these extremely important. messages with the public.
On average, 19,700 patients per year went to the emergency room for grid-related injuries. Almost half (9,500 or 48 percent) of the injuries were thermal burns, including burns from fire and contact with hot objects; 5,200 thermal burns were caused by such contacts or other events unrelated to the fire.
Children under five accounted for an average of 2,000 (39 percent) contact burns per year. These burns usually occur when a child hits, touches or falls on the grill, part of the grill, or hot coals.
The NFPA offers these and other tips and recommendations for enjoying a fire-free grilling season:
• For propane barbecues, check the gas tank for leaks before using it in the months to come. (Watch the NFPA video on how to check for leaks below.)
• Keep your grill clean by removing grease or grease buildup from the grates and trays under the grill.
• Position the grill well away from the house, patio railings, and out of eaves and overhanging branches.
• Always make sure the lid of your gas grill is open before lighting it.
• Keep children and pets at least three feet from the cooking area.
• If you use starter liquid when cooking with charcoal, use only charcoal starter liquid. Never add charcoal liquid or any other flammable liquid to the fire. When you have or have finished grilling, allow the coals to cool completely before placing them in a metal container.
• Never leave your grill unattended while in use.
National Fire Protection Association