4/29/2011 - Grilling safety tips
It won't be long before Memorial Day arrives, which ushers in one of the more popular times of year for food fans: grilling season. But every year, emergency crews respond to thousands of fires around the country because homeowners were practicing careless grilling techniques.
With this in mind, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has a number of tips homeowners should keep in mind to ensure their grilling season is a safe one.
The NFPA says that even though it may be more convenient to use a grill on a deck, grills should be on the ground. Furthermore, the NFPA recommends keeping grills away from any potential fire hazards, like a home's siding, deck railings or overhanging branches.
NFPA also provides safety tips for the various ways one can start a grill. For instance, if it's through lighter fluid, only charcoal lighter fluid should be used and no other flammable liquids should be added once the fire has been ignited.
While fire can damage a home any season, there is more risk for filing property insurance claims in the spring and summer. The NFPA reports that between 2004 and 2008, home fires involving grills caused $70 million in property damage for homeowners.
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