Grilling safety tips

The following grilling safety tips are from Spire and the Hoover Fire Department:

Temperatures are rising – and so are grill tops. With the Fourth of July just around the corner, Spire and the Hoover Fire Department would like to share the following grilling safety tips to remind your viewers that safety should never take a vacation.

Whether grilling with natural gas, propane or charcoal – always keep these tips in mind:

• Never use any grill – gas, propane or charcoal – inside your home, garage, carport, under a porch or on decks made of combustible material, especially in multi-family units where it is illegal to do so.
• Stay nearby at all times while using your grill.
• Check your propane tank hose for cracks before using it for the first time each year.
• Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before igniting, and turn on the gas after you light your match.
• Keep your grill clean and regularly remove grease from the grates.
• Keep a fire extinguisher nearby whenever you have an open flame.
• If you smell gas while grilling, immediately get away from the grill and call 911.

Grilling Statistics from the National Fire Protection Agency

• July is the peak month for grill fires, followed by May, June, and August
• 9,600 home fires are started by grills each year, on average
• Approximately 16,600 patients visit the ER each year with grilling related injuries