Though grilling is an extremely popular way to prepare food in the summer, it can also be dangerous. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, gas and charcoal grills account for an average of 10 deaths and 100 injuries annually. Additionally, the National Fire Protection Association reports that an average of 8,900 home fires are caused by grilling each year. This year, keep the following safety suggestions in mind when you go to fire up your grill:
- Make sure your grill is at least 3 feet away from other objects including your house, trees and outdoor seating.
- Remember that starter fluid should only be used with charcoal grills and never with gas grills.
- If you suspect that your gas grill is leaking, turn off the gas and get the unit fixed before lighting.
- Do not bring your grill into an unventilated or enclosed space such as the garage or inside of your home.
- Do not let children and pets play near the grilling area when cooking until the grill is completely cool.