If you plan on using a residential grill this summer, ensuring the safety of you and your family is critical. Barbecues are a common outdoor activity that allow friends and families to connect with each other. While the spirit of these events uplift many, it is known that accidents related to outdoor grills increase during these hot months. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that “peak months for grilling fires are July, followed by June, May, and August.”1
Although there are a variety of grills that can cause potential fires, owners are able to follow recommended safety precautions to avoid danger. In 2019, the NFPA reported that ”10,200 home fires are started by grills each year, on average.”2 While some residential grill fires are due to infrequent mechanical errors, avoiding danger around the BBQ can be easy if you stay proactive.
Keeping your family and friends safe from grill fires requires a grill owner to stay cautious and attentive. Five common causes for a BBQ fire include:
Due to how some grill fires are errors that are often unavoidable, it is important to protect yourself with an appropriate insurance policy. Berkshire Hathaway GUARD Insurance is committed to providing the highest quality of care to their clients.
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1NFPA Offers Tips for Safe Grilling This Memorial Day and Beyond, as May and Summer Months Represent Peak Time of Year for Outdoor Grilling Fires. May 13, 2019. https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Publications-and-media/Press-Room/News-releases/2019/NFPA-offers-tips-for-safe-grilling-this-Memorial-Day-and-beyond
2HPBA’s “State of the Barbecue Industry” consumer survey. NFPA’s 2019 “Research Fact Sheet”.
3United States, Congress, “NFPA 1®, Fire Code, 2012 Edition.” NFPA 1®, Fire Code, 2012 Edition, NFPA STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT SITE. www.nfpa.org/Assets/files/AboutTheCodes/1/1_A2014_FCC-AAA_SDReport_Part1.pdf
4Grilling Safety and Insurance. Insurance Information Institute, www.iii.org/article/grilling-safety-and-insurance
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