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Grilling with family and friends is one of the most fun and sought out parts of the summer. However, grilling can also be dangerous if precautions are not taken. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), on average 9,600 home fires are started by grills each year leading to 16,600 individuals admitted to the ER and 8,200 individuals left with 8,200 thermal burns. Keep your family and friends safe by following these 6 great easy to follow trips!

Grilling Safety Tips

  1. Position the grill well away from siding, deck railings, out from under eaves and overhanging branches and a safe distance from lawn games, play areas, and foot traffic.
  2. Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in trays below grill so it cannot be ignited by a hot grill.
  3. Be careful when using lighter fluid. Do not add fluid to an already lit fire because the flames can flashback up into the container and explode.
  4. Grill only outdoors! If used indoors, or in any enclosed spaces, such as garages or tents, barbecue grills pose both a fire hazard and the risk of exposing occupants to carbon monoxide.
  5. Keep children and pets away from the grill area by declaring a 3-foot “kid-free zone” around the grill.
  6. Never leave the grill unattended while cooking. The number one cause of residential fires is unattended cooking.

Additional Recourses from the NFPA

This post was put together by Safe Kids Georgia Intern, Rebecah Horowitz

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