Just because the peak months for grilling are like fading images in a rearview mirror – clearly behind us – fire safety at the grill is as important as ever. And while everyone deserves a break in honor of Labor Day weekend, this is not the time to take a break from fire safety - in fact, it’s the perfect time to put your fire safety knowledge to work! NFPA has a great page of resources on grilling safety that’s worth a look.
Fire it up! As grillers prepare their cooking equipment, they can also take steps to be sure the house or wildlands don’t get fired up along with it. And if you are thinking that you will not experience a fire because you have been grilling for months and havent' had any issues, think again. News reports are full of stories about fires involving grilling and most could have been prevented by following a few safety tips. In Indiana, a grill was recently blamed for a fire that destroyed several condos and fire officials there are reminding residents and landlords to follow state guidelines. In parts of Texas, fire officials are urging caution for grilling this weekend due to weather conditions. And in Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper and state forester Jeff Jahnke are urging Coloradans and visitors to the state to take precautions to prevent wildfires over the Labor Day weekend and specifically mention grilling.
Is grilling a Labor Day tradition for your family or in your town?
Wherever you are celebrating this long weekend, enjoy what your grill has to offer… safely!