Spring is just around the corner, and when the weather warms, people break out the grill. While there is no denying how delicious food can be when it is grilled, we must also consider how dangerous grilling can be when it is not done properly.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), between 2005 and 2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8,200 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues per year, including an average of 3,400 structure fires and 4,800 outside fires. These 8,200 fires caused an annual average of 15 civilian deaths, 120 civilian injuries and $75 million in direct property damage.
It is unlikely that most people consider death or serious injury when they fire up the grill. There are some safety tips you can follow, though, that will help prevent accidents:
- Only use grills, whether propane or charcoal, outdoors.
- Place the grill a good distance from your home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill.
- Clean grease and fat buildup from your grill regularly, both on the grills and in trays below the grill.
- Never leave the grill unattended.
The above tips will help you avoid unnecessary burn injuries and property damage. Attentiveness and a clean cooking surface will likely result in better steaks, too.
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