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Celebrate Safely This Holiday Weekend
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By WebTeam Admin
May 29, 2022

Memorial Day weekend is widely regarded as the unofficial start of summer, which means cookouts and barbecues are on the menu.

As the holiday season and summer months approach, here are some general safety precautions to keep in mind when grilling and celebrating.

According to a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) report, from 2014 to 2018, fire departments responded to an average of 10,600 home fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues.

This includes 4,900 structure fires and 5,700 unclassified or outside fires. These fires resulted in 10 civilian deaths, 160 civilian injuries, and $149 million in direct property damage on an annual basis.

Grill fires are most common in the summer months, though they can occur at any time of year, according to the NFPA. Failure to clean the grill, placing the heat source too close to combustible materials, leaving equipment unattended and leaks or breaks in the grill or fuel source are the leading causes of grill fires.

Here are tips for enjoying a fire-safe grilling season:

-For propane grills, check the gas tank for leaks before use in the months ahead.
-Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
-Keep the grill away from the house, deck railings, and out of the way of eaves and overhanging branches.
-Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
-Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area.
-When using charcoal starter fluid, only use charcoal starter fluid. Never add any flammable liquids to the fire, including charcoal fluid. Allow the coals to cool completely before disposing of them in a metal container once you have finished grilling.
-Never leave your grill unattended when in use.

"As grilling season approaches, it is important to review basic safety tips to ensure grillers are using equipment properly and safely, especially if the grill hasn't been used over the winter," said Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy at NFPA.

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