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Posted on: June 1, 2021

Backyard BBQ Tips for Summer

Grilling Safety

It's time to light the grill! With BBQ season here, the Carbondale Fire Department would like to urge grillers to be mindful of cooking safety during the summer months when grilling fires occur most often.

  1. Never leave grills unattended while cooking.
  2. Keep a three-foot zone around the grill where children and pets aren't allowed.
  3. Do not leave starter fluid, lighters or matches within the reach of children.
  4. For charcoal grills, avoid adding lighter fluid after the coals are lit.
  5. Only use propane and charcoal grills outdoors.

According to the latest grilling statistics from NFPA:

  • 10,600 home fires are started by grills each year, on average
  • July is the peak month for grill fires, followed by June, May, and August
  • 19,700 patients went to the ER per year because of injuries involving grills, including 9,500 thermal burns
  • 64% of U.S. households own at least one outdoor BBQ, grill or smoker
  • Gas grills contribute to a higher number of fires than charcoal grills
  • 61% of households own a gas grill

For additional information on BBQ safety, please visit NFPA or contact the Carbondale Fire Department at (618) 457-3234.

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