Beaufort Fire Department offers outdoor grilling safety tips
Each year across the United States, more than
8,000 home fires start with outdoor grilling, but proper attention to safety
tips can keep you safe this Memorial Day Weekend and beyond, Beaufort Fire
Department leaders said.
"In the Lowcountry, cooking outside on
grills is something we do all year long, but especially in the spring and
summer. That's also when we see more accidents and structure fires resulting
from the grills," said Beaufort Fire Chief Sammy Negron.
Nationally, four out of five families own a
grill and barbecue at least once a week in the summer, but that number likely
is a lot higher in the Lowcountry, Negron said.
With Memorial Day Weekend cookouts and summertime
fun ahead, Negron and Beaufort firefighters offered these tips for safe
and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors
the grill away from eaves, porch overhangs or awnings, low-hanging branches and
children and pets at least three feet away from a hot grill
the grill clean - and safe - by scrubbing off accumulated grease or fat from
the grates and drip pan
leave a lit grill unattended
grill inside an enclosed structure such as a garage or shed
the grill lid is always fully opened before lighting the burners
grill hasn't been used for several months, check the hose connections and
fire extinguisher handy, and know how to use it
family fire safety procedures at least twice a year, including what to do if
there's a fire while grilling.
If a fire breaks out in your back yard,
firefighters urge you to first call 911 before trying to fight it. "We'd
rather come deal with the fire and be sure everyone is safe than be called when
the whole house is burning and people are trapped inside. That can happen with
a grill fire that gets out of control," Negron said.
to the National Fire Protection Association, each year 7,100 home fires involve
gas grills and 1,200 home fires are connected to charcoal or other solid-fueled