This Labor Day, Grill Responsibly!
Injuries caused by grills result in an average of 19,700 patients per year visiting emergency rooms from 2014 to 2018. Almost half of those were thermal burns, which include burns from fire and burns from touching hot items. Each year, 5,200 thermal burns are brought on by such contact or other non-fire incidents.
- Place the grill far from wood structures (such as deck railings) and vegetation (e.g. branches hanging overhead)
- Keep young children and animals at least three feet away from the grill.
- Keep your barbecue outside; never use a grill inside or in a garage. Barbecues powered by natural gas should be used in well-ventilated spaces. Outdoor kitchens beneath covered patios are ok so long as the space is not enclosed by a screen and the appropriate materials and clearances are used.
- Remove fat accumulation and oil from the grates and the tray beneath to keep your grill clean and prevent flare ups
- When using your barbecue, never leave it unattended.’