Summer Barbecue Safety
The Maine State Fire Marshal has tips for summer Barbecue safety. Though we all love a good barbecue we need to be careful. The latest statistics from NFPA reflects that in 2007-2011, gas and charcoal grills caused an average of 3,800 structure fires and 5,000 outdoor fires in or on home properties, resulting in an average of 140 injuries and a direct property loss of $96 million.
When using barbecue grills on decks or patios, be sure to:
- leave sufficient space from siding and eaves
- always watch the grill when in use
- keep children and pets far away from grills
With charcoal grills:
- only use charcoal starter fluids designed for barbecue grills
- do not add fluid after coals have been lit
With gas grills:
- be sure that the hose connection is tight
- check hoses carfully for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks
Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and have the grill repaired by a professional, if necessary. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that before purchasing a grill or container, that it bares the mark of a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
For More Information
- National Fire Protection Association: Grilling Safety Tips
- Consumer Products Safety Council: Gas Grill Safety