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Summer Barbeque Safety

Thursday, July 11th, 2019, 11:06 am

Summer months bring friends and family together for the enjoyment of barbeques. When dealing with fire there are some risk factors that follow. Find some helpful tips and fun facts on Grilling:

July is the peak month for grill fires. From 2013- 2017, grills were involved in an average of 10,200 home fires per year, causing $123 million dollars in property damage annually. *

  • More than one-quarter of grill structure fires started on an exterior balcony or open porch.
  • Ten percent began when an outside wall caught fire while five percent began with some type of structural member or framing.

Follow these safety tips during grilling season:

  • Conduct annual maintenance on your grill:
    • Clean your grill – Burners, Tubes and Interior
    • Check hoses for leaks and breaks
    • Recycle old or rusted propane tanks
  • Protect from damage caused by inclement weather, falling leaves, and insect activity by covering the grill when not in use. Always wait until the grill is cooled before storing or covering.
  • Store propane tanks outside, away from your home. Always check to make sure valves are firmly turned off.
  • Before throwing away charcoal briquettes, soak them with water to ensure they are cool and inactive.
  • Operate your barbecue on a level surface, away from your home, garage and landscaping.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.

 

* National Fire Protection Association


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