Grilling Safely

June 19, 2017

grillWith summer upon us, Floridians will be spending many summer evenings at the grill. Three out of four American households own a gas grill, which also means an increased risk to home fires.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that each year an average of 8,900 home fires are caused by grilling. Grill fires peak in July, followed by May, June and August.

Lorraine Carli, vice president of Outreach and Advocacy for NFPA says that the leading causes of home grilling fires are “failing to properly clean the grill or having a flammable object too close to the grill.”

NFPA suggests the following tips for grilling:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed away the home or deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Children and pets should be at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease and fat buildup from the grates and trays below.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

For additional information and resources including tips for outdoor cooking with portable grills, visit or download NFPA’s safety tip sheet on grilling for easy access.