Hurricane season is here which means there is a chance for power outages as heavy rains, tropical storms, and possible hurricanes hit the state. When the power goes out, it is common for grills or firepits to become the method of cooking. Not to mention, it is also summer—so grilling is likely with or without a storm brewing.
With the increase in outdoor cooking and activities, the risk of accidental fires caused by grills or recreational fires will be on the rise. According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), nearly 8,900 residential fires caused by grills occur every year. Follow these recommendations to help reduce the risk of fire and/or fire-related injuries and damages.
Although intimidating, the numbers show that grilling can be dangerous—but mostly only if you are not paying attention to your surroundings or are not keeping up with outdoor and grill maintenance. The safety of you, your family, and your guests are paramount to ensure they have a good time at your summer party or any other outdoor events where fire may play a part. Avoid a fire-related accident by following these ten easy steps while grilling or hosting a recreational fire (e.g., bonfire).
In addition to these safety tips, check with your homeowner’s insurance agency to make sure you have the right coverage to protect from any damage caused by a grilling or recreational fire.