BBQ Basics: Take the time to review grilling safety tips

barbecue timePlanning to use the grill this holiday weekend? For many, it’s the kickoff to a long and happy season of outdoor cooking. But before you begin – did you know that the top cause of grill fires is failure to thoroughly clean your grill?  That’s not a task to shortchange!  Besides thoroughly cleaning your grill, take a few minutes to review some basic safety information with your family to prevent any problems. The National Fire Protections Association (NFPA) says that, “Each year an average of 8,900 home fires are caused by grilling, and close to half of all injuries involving grills are due to thermal burns. While nearly half of the people who grill do it year-round, July is the peak month for grill fires followed by May, June and August.”

According to NFPA, the main causes of gas grill fires are:

  • Failure to clean the grill – 19%
  • Grill too close to something that could catch fire – 17%
  • Leaks or breaks – 11%

ESPN Sportscenter anchor Hannah Storm relates her survival experience after an explosive fireball engulfed her when trying to reignite her grill. She faults herself for not having taken the time to review safety procedures – a terrible price to pay.

Take the time to clean your grill properly and review some basic equipment and safety guidelines. In this video, NFPA reviews some fire prevention basics:

These fire marshals offer detailed barbecue cleaning and safety tips

And a few other tips …