It’s summertime, and that means it’s grillin’ time. Unfortunately, those gas and charcoal grills that help create the perfect steak also create an additional fire hazard. Each year, grills cause nearly 9,000 fires and result in 16,000 injuries—over half of which are burns.
According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), July is the peak month for grill fires, although incidents occur throughout the year. The leading causes of grill fires are also preventable, since most fires originate from failure to clean the grill, placing it too close to combustible sources, or leaving the grill unattended. And gas grills were involved in more than three times as many fires as charcoal or other solid-fueled grills.
Here are five easy tips to keep your grilling safe:
Following these tips will help ensure you have a safe—and delicious—summer grilling season.