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According to the NFPA, grill fires on residential properties result in an average of 10 deaths, 100 injuries, and $37 million in property damage each and every year.

They state that 69% of grill fires involve a propane-fueled grill.

Enjoy the grilling season, but be careful!


Grill Safety

Every Summer, the neighborhoods in McCandless are filled with the smells of hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, and ribs. On warm sunny days, it seems as though everyone is outside using their grills. But did you know that fire departments in the U.S. respond to an average of 8,200 house fires involving grills each and every year? And did you know that these 8,200 annual grill-related fires result in an annual average of 15 deaths and 120 injuries?

Don't be a statistic! Check out these safety tips and take a few minutes to be sure that your grill is in a safe location and in good working order:


Gas Grill Safety

Gas grills account for 80% of all grill fires, and these are usually caused by a leak or break. Here's how to help prevent these types of fires:

  • Position your grill at least 10 feet away from your house or any surrounding structures. Keep it away from nearby trees.

  • Check the fuel line regularly for leaks. If you find one, turn off the gas immediately and do not use the grill until the leak is fixed.

  • Never walk away from your grill while it's in use.

  • Do not overfill the propane tank. It's actually illegal to fill a 20-pound propane tank more than 80% of its capacity.

  • Store propane tanks outdoors, in an upright position. Never store spare propane tanks near a grill.

  • Keep the lid open while lighting a gas grill to prevent flash-off from collected gas.

  • Keep your grill clean. Before you start grilling, check the burners for obstructions. Be sure to regularly clean your grill of fat, as excess fat build-up makes a grease fire more likely.

  • Keep children and pets away from the grill by establishing a safety zone around the grill, within which children and pets are not allowed.


Charcoal Grill Safety

Statistically, charcoal grills cause fewer fires. But they do pose a serious risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. To be safe:

  • Always use a charcoal grill outside. Period.

  • Use starting fluid sparingly, and never add it to an open flame. Never use any other flammable liquid to light a charcoal grill.

  • Do not store the grill indoors immediately after it has been used. Even if the fire has been extinguished, the hot charcoal can continue to emit carbon monoxide.


In Case of a Fire

Remember, what may seem like a small problem can turn into a major emergency in just seconds. Here's what to do in case your grill catches fire:

  • For gas grills, turn off the burners. If you can safely reach the tank valve, shut it off, too.

  • For charcoal grills, close the lid.

  • If the fire involves a propane tank, leave it alone, evacuate the area, and call the fire department.

  • Never attempt to extinguish a grease fire with water. It will only cause the flames to flare up. Use an approved portable fire extinguisher.

  • If there is any type of fire that either threatens your personal safety or endangers property, dial 9-1-1 immediately.