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Home Fires Involving Grills
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fire departments in the United States responded to an average of 8200 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues annually between 2005–2009. June and July are the peak months for grill fires.
  • Nearly one-third (29%) of these fires were started by grills on a courtyard, terrace or patio
  • Another 28% started on an exterior balcony or open porch
  • On average, there were 15 civilian deaths
  • 17,700 patients sought treatment for grill-related injuries in 2009
  • Average annual direct property loss was $75 million 
     
Regulations for Grill on Balconies
The fire code states that for other than one and two family dwellings, no hibachi, grill, or other similar devices used for cooking, heating, or any other purposes shall be used or kindled on any balcony, under any overhanging portion, or within 10 feet (3 meters) of any structure. Additionally, for other than one and two family dwellings, no hibachi, grill,or other similar devices used for cooking shall be stored on a balcony.
Safety Tips (a partial list) 
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Charcoal grills:
    • Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as fuel.
    • Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
    • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
Grilling Safety Tips 
  NFPA Grilling Safety Tips

Sources:
NFPA's "Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment," by Marty Ahrens, November 2011
NFPA’s “Fact sheet on Home Fires Involving Grills" (PDF, 41 KB)

NFPA does not test, label or approve any products.


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