A recent article on CentralPA.com reminds people to use caution when heading out to use the grill this summer. The author quoted the Altoona, Blair County Fire Inspector who says he responds to nearly 500 calls about outdoor grilling fires and burns during an average summer. That’s 500 calls too many in my book.
Thankfully, the word is spreading about the proper use of grills, but there’s still lots of work to be done. Consider the facts from NFPA’s Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment report:
- Gas grills constitute a higher risk, having been involved in an annual average of 7,200 home fires in 2007 – 2011, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in an annual average of 1,400 home fires.
As June and July are the peak months for grilling fires, and with the July 4th holiday fast approaching, sooner is better than later when it comes to following important safety considerations. I say, let’s start working on reducing these numbers.
NFPA has some great tips to follow when you fire up the grill this summer. Download our grilling safety tips sheet or our newest grilling infographic developed by the U.S. Fire Administration, and keep it handy. We have lots more information, too, on our grilling safety web pages. Check them all out. Then share them with family and friends. Start a dialogue and get everyone working together ... let’s all have a safe and fun summer season.