There’s nothing like grilling a juicy burger while spending time with loved ones. But as statistics from the National Fire Protection Association reveal, grills can also cause serious injuries and property damage. An average of 8,900 home fires occurred each year between 2009-2013 (the most recent report available), resulting in approximately 10 fatalities, 160 injuries, and $118 million in property damage in each of those years.
Proper grill maintenance and a few general safety precautions can go a long way towards preventing grill fires, so we’re sharing some grilling safety tips in this blog post.
Findings from the report showed that approximately five out of six grills involved in home fires are fueled by gas, so take extra precautions if you use a gas grill. Leading causes of gas grill fires are:
- Failure to clean grill
- Grill too close to flammable object
- Grill left unattended
- Leaks or breaks
Tips for Safer Grilling
Inspect your grill before each use. Check for hoses and tubes that are loose, cracked, or obstructed. Clean the grill grates with a wire cleaner and clear trays of grease buildup. (Watch this video to learn how to detect gas leaks.) To lower the risk of gas explosions, open the grill lid before turning on the gas for your propane grill.
While grilling, stay at least ten feet away from any furniture, buildings, and other potentially flammable objects. Do not move the grill once lit. Keep children and pets away from the grill. Make smart clothing choices; avoid shirts or apron strings that may dangle over the grill and catch fire. Use flame-retardant mitts and proper grilling utensils.
After using your grill, make sure that the propane valves are turned off completely. Gas tanks should be stored upright, outdoors, and a good distance away from any buildings on your property.
What to Do if Your Grill Catches Fire
Grill fires can happen, even if you keep your equipment in top working condition. Here’s what to do if your grill catches fire. For a gas grill, turn off the burners and close the propane tank valve if you can safely reach it. If the propane tank goes up in flames, leave the grilling area right away and call 911. If a charcoal grill catches fire, simply close the lid. Do not use water on a grease fire. Keep a working fire extinguisher near your grill, just in case.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a grill fire or defective product, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.