Many people enjoy barbecuing in the summer months. But
when grills are not used safely, things can go horribly wrong.
Between 2009 and 2013 Massachusetts fire departments
responded to 356 fires involving grills, hibachis, and barbecues.
These fires caused 16 civilian injuries, one firefighter injury,
and $2.4 million in property damage. For safe grilling, always
follow your owner's manual and practice the safety tips
Always grill outdoors.
Place grills away from the house and deck railings. Make sure grills are not under eaves
or overhanging branches.
You should not use a gas or charcoal grill on any porch or balcony. Electric grills that
have no open flame may be used.
Gas grills can be used on first floor decks or patios, only if there is an outdoor stairway
to the ground, or it is at ground level.
Grills cannot be used on fire escapes.
Keep all matches, lighters and lighter fluid away from children.
Keep children and pets three feet away from grills. Children should never play near
grills or propane cylinders.