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Be Safe when Grilling -

Fire in the grill, under hot dogs and burgers, is a welcome sight at any family cookout.  But fire anywhere else can make your summer kick-off barbecue memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Facts & Figures

  • In 2002, gas and charcoal grills caused 900 structure fires and 3,500 outdoor fires in or on home properties, resulting in a combined direct property loss of $30 million.
  • The popularity of gas-fueled grills nearly tripled between 1982 and 1993 (up 193% from 9.4 million to 27.5 million).
  • Gas grills have a higher fire risk than charcoal grills; leaks and breaks are the leading cause, accounting for nearly half of gas grill fires.
  • Gas-fueled grills caused an estimated 600 home structure fires and 3,200 home outdoor fires in 2002.
  • Charcoal grills have a higher risk than gas grills of death due to fire or unvented carbon monoxide; most of these deaths do not involve fire.
  • Charcoal-fueled or other solid-fueled grills caused an estimated 300 home structure fires and 300 home outdoor fires in 2002.
  • Placing combustibles too close to heat, and leaving cooking unattended, are the two leading causes for charcoal grill home structure fires.
  • Half of all gas grill and charcoal grill home structure fires begin on an exterior balcony or unenclosed porch.
  • Gas fuel is the leading item first ignited for home outdoor gas grill fires.
  • Structural member or framing, wall coverings, exterior trim, and plants are the leading items first ignited in home structure or outdoor charcoal grill fires.

This information provided by the NFPA - Research & Reports - Fact Sheets - Seasonal Safety @ www.nfpa.org