The #1 Cause of Home Structure Fires

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), “cooking is and has long been the leading cause of home structure fires and civilian home fire injuries.  From 2006-2010, fire departments responded to an estimated average of 8,600 homes and outside fires.  where grills, hibachis or barbecues were the cause.  There was an average of 10 civilian deaths, 140 injuries, and $75,000,000 in direct property damage annually.”

Like most Americans, you too enjoy summer grilling.  So it is important that you do a safety check on your charcoal or gas fired grill before your first barbeque of the season.

DO: Make sure your grill is kept stable and check grill hoses for leaks or breaks.

DO: Place your grill far enough from the home or garage so you aren’t putting your home in danger

DO Make sure you keep a fire extinguisher nearby

DO: Clean your grill after every use to remove fat buildup or grease that could increase the flames

DO Use utensils with long handles to avoid burns, and wear the proper clothing so it isn’t dangling over the hot grill

DON’T: Fight a grease fire with water.  It may cause the flames to flair and spread.

DON’T: Keep your filled propane tank in a hot car or trunk.  The heat may increase the gas pressure.

DON’T:  Use wood, charcoal briquettes, gasoline, or barbecue fluid with your propane or gas grill.

DON’T: Grill on a roof or balcony, or in an enclosed area

Most importantly, review your homeowners policy to make sure you have the proper coverage before you place that new York strip steak on your grill.

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