Grilling Up Some Fire Safety

Grilling Up Some Fire Safety

June to August are peak summer months and are perfect for grilling. However, despite having codes in place to help prevent fire incidents and injuries, the NFPA found that grilling causes an average of 10,600 home fires, 160 civilian injuries and $149 million in direct property damage annually. Keep your cookouts fire free all summer long by following these safe practices while grilling.


  • Place the grill on a flat surface away from any structures or overhanging tree branches.
  • For propane grills, open the lid before starting it and check the gas tank hose for any leaks.
  • For charcoal grills, use caution with starter fluid and other heating agents.

USAFP also recommends that you be prepared in case of a fire. If a fire breaks out while grilling, water will only worsen the fire. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby at all times to help protect your family and home.


  • Never leave the grill unattended while it is on.
  • Always keep children and pets three feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep flammable materials, such as hair, clothing, or plastics away from the grill area.


  • Once the grill has cooled, brush and scrape the grates and racks to remove food particles.
  • Wipe down the grates and racks with a damp rag to remove other residue or brush bristles.
  • If using coal, wait until it is cooled and place it in a metal can with a lid.

Grilling is a fun outdoor activity to enjoy with friends and family. Use these safety tips to keep your cookouts fire free all summer long. To learn more about fire safety in your home, feel free to contact us by phone (844-MYUSAFP) or online at

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