As Memorial Day Weekend approaches kicking off the unofficial start of summer, backyard chefs everywhere are dusting off their grills, eager to spring into the long-awaited barbeque season. This summer, NFPA recommends that grillers pay particular attention to safety, especially in June and July, when home fires involving grilling fires occur most often.
According to a 2013 NFPA report on cooking equipment fires, gas grills were involved in an annual average of 7,200 home fires in 2007-2011, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were responsible for an annual average of 1,400 home fires.
Last year, Hannah Storm, ESPN SportsCenter anchor, was severely burned in a grill fire at her home. She has since worked with NFPA to record several videos to share her story and raise awareness for grilling safety in hopes that others will avoid similar incidents.
Video: Hannah Storm, NFPA team up to offer consumers home fire safety.
When grilling, NFPA suggests the following safety tips:
- Stay alert when grilling. Do not grill if you are sleepy or when you are drinking alcohol.
- Don’t leave your cooking/grill area unattended.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area. Remove flammable materials from around the grill.
Read a complete list of specific safety tips and download an easy safety tip sheet for reference.