Summer is a time for fun, but it is important to make sure you and your family are being cautious when using fireworks, grills, and other potentially dangerous materials. Here is everything you need to know about keeping your family and home safe this summer!
Summer Fire Statistics per the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association)
- U.S. Fire Departments responded to 10,600 house and outdoor fires per year between 2014 and 2018, these fires caused an average of 10 civilian deaths and 160 civilian injuries.
- July is the peak month for grill fires (18%), including both structure, outdoor or unclassified fires, followed by May, June and August
- Failure to properly clean grills was the leading cause of grill structure fires and 25% of outside fires
- Gas grills contribute to a higher number of home fires overall than their charcoal counterparts
- Leaking gas from improperly maintained grills resulted in 22% of structure fires caused by grills
Summertime Fire Safety- Helpful Hints
- Be safe. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show.
- Avoid using consumer fireworks to reduce your risk of injury and/or property damage
- Keep a close eye on children at events with fireworks.
- Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should be used outdoors only.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet from the grill area.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease buildup.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.
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