(Norwalk, Conn.) Today, May 27, 2022, ahead of Memorial Day Weekend, what is often considered an unofficial kick-off to summer, the Norwalk Fire Department shared safety tips for grilling and celebrating safely.
According to research from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), from 2014 to 2018 nationwide, Fire Departments responded to an average of 10,600 home fires annually involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues. While grill fires occur year-round, the peak months for grilling fires are July (18%), June (15%), May (13%), and August (12%). Leading causes of grill fires include failing to clean the grill, the heat source being located too close to combustible materials, leaving equipment unattended, and leaks or breaks in the grill or fuel source.
The Norwalk Fire Department offers the following safety tips for enjoying a safe and fire-free grilling season:
- For propane grills, check the gas tank for leaks before use in the months ahead.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
- Place the grill well away from the home, deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area.
- If you use starter fluid when charcoal grilling, only use charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. When you have or are finished grilling, let the coals cool completely before disposing them in a metal container.
- Never leave your grill unattended when in use.
For additional fire safety tips and resources visit nfpa.org, and check out the video safety guides below.
Video: Grilling safety tips: https://youtu.be/-AYBZzLDO04
Video: Checking your gas grill for leaks: https://youtu.be/mpDhUssEgP0