Nationwide Memorial Day Grilling Safety: NFPA Warns of Fire Hazards, Injuries

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Chicago, IL – As Memorial Day approaches, grillers are reminded to prioritize safety to avoid common hazards.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an average of 10,600 home fires are started by grills each year. July is the peak month for grill fires, with significant activity also seen in June, May, and August.

The NFPA reports that 19,700 people visit emergency rooms annually due to grill-related injuries, including 9,500 thermal burns. With 64% of U.S. households owning at least one outdoor BBQ grill, smoker, or similar equipment, it’s crucial to exercise caution, particularly with gas grills, which are more prone to causing fires than charcoal grills.

As families prepare for their holiday cookouts, ensuring proper grill maintenance and following safety guidelines can help prevent accidents and ensure a festive and safe celebration.

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