Eastern Berks Fire Department would like to remind everyone that the summer months bring on a lot of outdoor cooking. Who doesn’t like the smell of the BBQ?
Whether it’s propane, wood pellets, charcoal or whatever you use to please make sure you have enough clearance around the grille. Grilles give off a lot of radiant heat combined with the recent heat wave makes the potential for a fire even greater. Not only clearance around the grille but overhangs or roofs also.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says that July has the most grille related accidents; and Fire Departments and EMS respond to 8900 calls per year.
The other thing you should remember to do is to check your propane hoses and connections. (see link below) You can use a little soap and water solution for this. Just spray or wipe it on and check for bubbles, no bubble good to go, bubbles call your service people.
So help yourself and us by taking a moment to check the placement of your grille because the last people you want to show up at your BBQ is the fire department!
Grilling fire facts
- July is the peak month for grill fires (18%), including both structure, outdoor or unclassified fires, followed by June (15%), May (13%) and August (12%).
- In 2014-2018, an average of 19,700 patients per year went to emergency rooms because of injuries involving grills.** Nearly half (9,500 or 48%) of the injuries were thermal burns, including both burns from fire and from contact with hot objects; 5,200 thermal burns, per year, were caused by such contact or other non-fire events.
- Children under five accounted for an average of 2,000 or 39%, of the contact-type burns per year. These burns typically occurred when someone, often a child, bumped into, touched or fell on the grill, grill part or hot coals.
- Gas grills were involved in an average of 8,900 home fires per year, including 3,900 structure fires and 4,900 outdoor fires annually. Leaks or breaks were primarily a problem with gas grills. Ten percent of gas grill structure fires and 22% of outside gas grill fires were caused by leaks or breaks.
- Charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in 1,300 home fires per year, including 600 structure fires and 600 outside fires annually.
Source: NFPA’s Applied Research
* Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA)
**Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, queried in April 2016