Did you know three out of five households own a gas grill? That may translate to a lot of tasty meals, but it also explains why there’s an average of 8,800 home fires each year related to grilling, says the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). But gas grills are not solely to blame–all types of grills pose risks for fires.
The NFPA advises backyard chefs be diligent during cookouts. Keep in mind most grilling fires begin on a courtyard, terrace, patio, exterior balcony or open porch. Protect these areas by:
- Checking for damage before using the grill for the first time each year;
- Using propane and charcoal BBQ grills outdoors only;
- Placing the grill well away from the home, deck railing and out from under eaves and overhanging branches;
- Keeping children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area;
- Keeping your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grates and in the trays below;
- Never leaving your grill unattended.
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