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Summer Fire Safety

Make sure you and your family are being cautious when using fireworks, grills, and other potentially dangerous materials.

Here is what you need to know about keeping your family and home safe this summer.

Summer Fire Statistics

  • According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2017-2021, an average of 22,155 patients per year went to emergency rooms because of injuries involving grills.
  • July is the peak month for grill fires (17%), including both structure, outdoor or unclassified fires, followed by May, June and August
  • Leaks or breaks were the factor in 11% of grill structure fires and 23% of outside and unclassified grill fires
  • Gas grills contribute to a higher number of home fires overall than their charcoal counterparts
  • A failure to clean the grill was the leading factor contributing to the fire in one –fifth of all grill structure fires (19%). In 17%, something that could catch fire was too close to the grill

Summertime Fire Safety Helpful Hints

  • Be safe. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show.
  • Do not use consumer fireworks.
  • Keep a close eye on children at events with fireworks.
  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should be used outdoors only.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease buildup.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it.

Quick Tips to Share

Spread the word by sharing these graphics with your family and friends this summer season! We encourage you to print these and also share on social media.

A graphic advising to attend public fireworks and leave them to professionals, highlighting safety concerns for people, pets, and property.
Safety graphic advising to only use a grill outside, away from roof edges, siding, deck railings, and branches. #FireSafety

Source for Content U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association