Columbia Fire Department wishes you a fire safe Memorial Holiday with some tips on how to stay safe
Columbia, SC - Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins encourages citizens to be fire safe during the Memorial Day Holiday. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that three out of five households own a gas grill, which means a lot of great food and family times. But, it also means there’s a notable risk of home fires. From 2009 – 2013, an annual average of 8,900 home fires involved grills, hibachis or barbecues, and almost half of all grilling injuries involved thermal burns. Although many (nearly half) of grillers do so year-round, grilling fires peak in July, followed by May, June and August.
Chief Jenkins states you can have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Holiday by using good judgment and observing these grilling safety tips:
Never operate grills and other open flame cooking devices on combustible balconies and decks or within 10 feet of a structure
Set up the grill in open area away from low hanging tree limbs, dry leaves, and brush
Check hoses and propane tanks for leaks
Make the area around the grill a no play zone
Avoid wearing long hanging clothes
Never grill inside of garages and carports
Do not use deep fryers on decks
If you use a charcoal grill, purchase the proper starting fluid.
If you must dispose of the ashes before fully cooled, soak them completely in water before putting them in a non-combustible container.