Every year Americans look forward to summer vacations, camping, evening camp fires, family reunions, picnics, and the Fourth of July. Summertime, however, these activities also bring unwanted injuries due to outdoor cooking and recreational fires. Annually, there are almost 3,800 Americans injured by gas or charcoal grill fires.
Summertime should be a time of fun and making happy memories. Knowing a few fire safety tips and following safety instructions will help everyone have a safe summer.
Safety Tips for Grilling and Campfires
- For grilling, position the grill well away from siding, deck railing, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep children and pets from the grill area: declare a three-foot “safe zone” around the grill.
- If you own a propane grill, check the cylinder hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. A light soap and water solution applied to the hose will reveal escaping propane quickly by releasing bubbles.
- Avoid using soft wood, such as pine or cedar that will likely pop and throw sparks, in a fire pit. Use of seasoned hardwood is suggested.
- Don’t build a campfire in an area with hazardous, ie: dry conditions or if the campground area or event rules prohibit campfires, do not use accelerants such as gasoline or charcoal lighter fluid to start campfires. Also do not allow children near a campfire at any time unattended by adults.And of course, if an emergency should arise, CALL 911 immediately !