Summertime should be a time for fun and making happy memories. But, people shouldn't forget that summer also brings with it dangers from fires and injuries due to fireworks or outdoor grills. Every year more than 8,000 Americans are injured by these things in the first week of July alone!
USFA's National Fire Data Center estimates that yearly outside cooking grills cause more than 6,000 fires, over 5 fatalities, and more than 170 injuries with $35 million in property loss.
Gas grills alone cause over 2,700 fires which leads to 80 injures and $11 million dollars of damage; most of these were caused by gas leaks or blocked tubes.
The UFSNFC also estimated that improper use of fireworks has led to about six thousand fire incidents annually causing higher rates of injury as well as eight million dollar worth of lost properties.
- Checking the connection between your propane tank and the fuel line is a crucial step in using any grill. Remember to make sure that there are no blockages where the air combines with gas.
- You also don't want to wear loose clothing while cooking at your barbecue as it can easily catch fire.
Let's keep everyone safe during this season - even though we know there's no way to avoid all risks entirely.