Summertime BBQ Tips From Chief Keith Goldstein
On an average years bbq grills cause over 10,000 home fires and send over 20,000 people to the emergency room with injuries. As we move into peak of the grilling season, NCFR wants everyone to stay safe an enjoy their delicious masterpiece.
Your Firefighters respond to incidents where grills (weather, gas, or charcoal) are placed too close to the home or around ordinary combustibles. Residents are surprised how fast your siding, decks, etc. catches fire.
Here are some tips to help prevent a catastrophe from happening while you and your family enjoy a day of relaxation and fun:
• Propane and charcoal grills are designed to be used out side (not in garages, carports or inside the structure).
• Grills should have at least 36" of clearance in all directions, keeping them away from the homes, deck railings, and the eaves of the home.
• Keep the grill in eye sight, never leave grills unattended, and keep children and pets away from the grilling site.
• Always keep your grill clean each use.
• When using a gas grill "ALWAYS LEAVE THE LID OPEN".
If you are a resident of an apartment complex or a multifamily dwelling check with your landlord or leasing agreement, because the International Building Code as adopted by NCFR prohibits open flame cooking devices such as gas or charcoal grills.
If you have any questions feel free to contact my office, Monday thru Friday 7:30 am to 3:30 pm, and enjoy the summer and "Be Safe!"