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Grill Fire Danger and How to Prevent It

7/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Grill Fire Danger and How to Prevent It This grill was destroyed after its' flames were left unattended; the damage done to homes by a grill fire could be even more devastating.

As summer begins and holidays like the Fourth of July approach, families and friends will be gathering for outdoor celebrations, cookouts, and barbecues. However, these fun summer activities can soon lead to disaster when grills and bonfires are left unattended. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), more than 5,000 grill fires occur on residential properties each year, and outside fire pits and bonfires caused nearly 3,700 grass and brush fires in 2016.

It is important to make safety a priority when it comes to hosting family cookouts and other events this summer. You can avoid a fire-related accident with these six safety tips:

Grilling

  • Ensure that your grill is on a flat surface, kept clear from overhanging branches and away from flammable materials
  • Keep your grill a safe distance away from where people will be playing games, walking or sitting
  • Use long-handled grilling tools to give plenty of space between you and the flames

Recreational Fires

  • Pick your fire pit spot wisely and make sure the weather conditions are appropriate for a fire
  • Build the fire at least 15 feet away from trees, shrubs or flammable materials
  • Always make sure to completely extinguish the fire when you are done by letting it burn down to ashes, pouring water over the embers and stirring everything in the pit with a shovel

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