Outdoor Cooking Fire Safety- Everything You Need to Know

    Quick Facts

    Grill fires cause an estimated $37 million in property loss each year.

    • Almost half of home grill fires happen between 5 and 8 p.m.
    • Fifty-seven percent of home grill fires occur during the months of May, June, July and August.
    • Patios, terraces, screened-in porches and courtyards are leading home locations for grill fires.
    • Seventy-nine percent of all home grill fires involve gas grills.
    • “Mechanical failure, malfunction” is the leading factor in the start of grill fires. Leaks or breaks of containers or pipes are often to blame.

    Source: Grill Fires on Residential Properties (PDF)

    Grilling fire safety tips:

    • Only use grills outdoors, away from siding and deck railings.
    • Clean grills often and remove grease or fat build-up.
    • Make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting.
    • Have a 3-foot safe-zone around grills and campfires. Keep kids and pets away from the area.
    • Dispose of coals after they have cooled in a metal can.
    • Never leave grills, fire pits and patio torches unattended.

    Source for ContentUnited States Fire Administration & Consumer Product Safety Commission

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