Ready to Grill?
The weather gets warmer, more people use outdoor grills – and incidents of grill-caused fires go up. According to the National Fire Protection Association from 2014-2018, fire departments went to an annual average of 8,900 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues per year, including 3,900 structure fires and 4,900 outside or unclassified fires. Gas grills cause more home fires than charcoal grills, the association adds.
Regardless of the type of grill you own, here are 9 BBQ safety tips that we are sharing from Nationwide that will keep you safer during barbecuing season:
- Grill outside and away from structures
- Make sure your grill is stable
- Keep your grill clean
- Check for propane leaks on your gas grill
- If the flame goes out, wait to re-light
- Take care around the grill
- Be careful with charcoal starter fluid
- Wear the right clothing
- Be ready to put out the fire
These easy-to-follow tips will help you and your family to enjoy a safe summer barbecuing season.