Summer Barbecue Safety


The Maine State Fire Marshal has tips for summer Barbecue safety. Though we all love a good barbecue we need to be careful. The latest statistics from NFPA reflects that in 2007-2011, gas and charcoal grills caused an average of 3,800 structure fires and 5,000 outdoor fires in or on home properties, resulting in an average of 140 injuries and a direct property loss of $96 million.

When using barbecue grills on decks or patios, be sure to:

  • leave sufficient space from siding and eaves
  • always watch the grill when in use
  • keep children and pets far away from grills

With charcoal grills:

  • only use charcoal starter fluids designed for barbecue grills
  • do not add fluid after coals have been lit

With gas grills:

  • be sure that the hose connection is tight
  • check hoses carfully for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and have the grill repaired by a professional, if necessary. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission suggests that before purchasing a grill or container, that it bares the mark of a nationally recognized testing laboratory.

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