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According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), on average, over 10,000 home fires are started by grills each year. July is the peak month for grill fires, but these incidents occur throughout the year.
To safely enjoy outdoor cooking, it is important to only use charcoal barbecue grills outdoors, position the grill well away from siding, deck railings, and out from under hanging trees, and keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
To reduce the risk of a fire, never leave your grill unattended. Always stay and look when you cook. To prevent fires, keep grills clean. Remove grease or fat buildup from grills and in trays below the grill after use. Roughly one of every five grill fires occurs due to improper cleaning.
For more information, call 763-786-4436 or visit SBMFire.org.