Grilling Safety for the Summer Season

Excited to grill out all summer long with friends and family?  You should be!  But don’t forget to take safety precautions to stave off a grilling disaster.  A recent Red Cross survey noted that grills can cause more than 9,000 home fires on average each year, and that three in five adults have walked away from a grill while cooking, which is one of the leading causes of grill fires.  To avoid becoming one of these statistics, the Red Cross offers these grilling safety tips:

  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.  Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.
  • Make sure everyone, including pets, stays away from the grill.
  • Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house deck tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
  • Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to help keep the chef safe.