(Norwalk, Conn.) Today, May 27, 2022, ahead of Memorial Day Weekend, what is often considered an unofficial kick-off to summer, the Norwalk Fire Department shared safety tips for grilling and celebrating safely.
According to research from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), from 2014 to 2018 nationwide, Fire Departments responded to an average of 10,600 home fires annually involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues. While grill fires occur year-round, the peak months for grilling fires are July (18%), June (15%), May (13%), and August (12%). Leading causes of grill fires include failing to clean the grill, the heat source being located too close to combustible materials, leaving equipment unattended, and leaks or breaks in the grill or fuel source.
The Norwalk Fire Department offers the following safety tips for enjoying a safe and fire-free grilling season:
For additional fire safety tips and resources visit nfpa.org, and check out the video safety guides below.
Video: Grilling safety tips: https://youtu.be/-AYBZzLDO04
Video: Checking your gas grill for leaks: https://youtu.be/mpDhUssEgP0