We’re closing in on the July 4 weekend, a time when many of you might be rolling out the grill and cooking up some BBQ…perhaps even of the vegan variety.
But check this out:
In 2003-2006, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 7,900 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues per year. These fires caused annual average of 10 civilian deaths (to the nearest ten), 120 reported injuries and $80 million in direct property damage.
And although gas grills are used roughly 1.5 times as often as charcoal grills, they were involved in five times as many fires. About 6,400 home fires, in fact.
So, yeah, maybe you should think twice before hitting that red button. Check out these grilling safety tips from our friends at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and watch the nice video they’ve put together starring Principal Gas Engineer Ted Lemoff.