Posted on 5/9/2016 8:01 AM By Keith Savino
As there is now a month for everything, May has been designated “National Barbeque Month” (bet you didn’t know that!?!), and although that might sound slightly nonsensical, fire safety around grills is serious business.
Here is a scary statistic: Almost 9,000 homes each year experience a fire that is directly related to outdoor grills. Sometimes it is simply the grill that catches fire, sometimes the entire house is a loss. With Memorial Day weekend and the kickoff to summer two weeks away, I thought it might be a good time to give you some quick safety tips before you throw on the first hot dogs and steaks.
Before I begin, a few facts:
· According to the National Fire Protection Association over $118 million dollars in direct property damage are attributed to grills, hibachis or barbecues.
· 83% of grill fires were attributed to units fueled by gas, the remaining were charcoal or other solid fuel.