According to the National Fire Protection Association, the leading causes of grill fires are dirty grills, placing the grill too close to a structure and unattended grills. Most fires begin in a porch, patio or balcony.
As outdoor cooking season heats up, keep these grilling safety tips in mind:
- Never use a grill indoors due to carbon monoxide (CO) and fire hazards.
- Use the grill at least 10 feet away from your house or any building. Do not use the grill in a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or under a surface that will burn.
- Always follow the instructions that accompany the grill.
- Keep a kitchen fire extinguisher nearby.
- Never leave a grill unattended.
- If a flare-up occurs, adjust the controls on the gas grill or spread out the coals on a charcoal grill to lower the temperature.
- If a grease fire occurs, turn off the gas grill and use baking soda and or a kitchen fire extinguisher to put out the fire.
- Keep children away from the grill. The outside surface of the grill can get hot and cause burns when touched.