With California’s mild temperatures, it is easy to fire up the grill all year long. From grilled oyster roasts to tailgating parties or backyard cookouts on warm days, there are few things more enjoyable than relaxing outdoors eating grilled food with friends and family. 

Unfortunately, along with that fun, there are potential safety issues. Before you start planning your next cookout, brush up on your grilling safety tips. Even if you’re a grill master, others nearby may not know the proper safety precautions to take around grills. Whether you have a gas or charcoal grill, review the important safety tips below.

 

Did you know?

  • Grill fires cause an estimated $37 million in property loss each year.
  • Almost half of home grill fires happen between 5 and 8 p.m.
  • Fifty-seven percent of home grill fires occur during the months of May, June, July and August.
  • Patios, terraces, screened-in porches and courtyards are leading home locations for grill fires.
  • Seventy-nine percent of all home grill fires involve gas grills.
  • “Mechanical failure, malfunction” is the leading factor in the start of grill fires. Leaks or breaks of containers or pipes are often to blame.

 

Grilling fire safety tips:

  • Only use grills outdoors, away from siding and deck railings.
  • Clean grills often and remove grease or fat build-up.
  • Make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting.
  • Have a 3-foot safe-zone around grills and campfires. Keep kids and pets away from the area.
  • Dispose of coals after they have cooled in a metal can.
  • Never leave grills, fire pits and patio torches unattended.

For more information and sefety tips, visit https://www.usfa.fema.gov/