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After a long winter, we are officially into the summer months, which means we are well into barbeque season. Whether it be a backyard party, summertime cookout, a day by the water (but, be mindful of water safety, too so a drowning accident doesn’t happen!), or an early season tailgate, you are likely to throw on the apron and jump behind the barbecue grill at some point in the coming months. While most of us like to consider ourselves masters of the pit, some of us aren’t barbequing safety experts. In fact, an estimated 7,000 Americans are injured by barbecue grills each year. Summertime is the peak season of barbecue grill accidents, with July being the most prevalent month and making up 17 percent of all barbecue accidents, followed by June (14 percent), May (13 percent), and August (12 percent).
Here are some more barbeque accident statistics, courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), that may make you reconsider barbecue safety:
Whether you’re a novice or an aged grilling vet, take a few minutes to read through our barbecue safety tips before you fire up that grill this season. It could be the difference between an enjoyable summer day and a trip to the emergency room or surprise visit from your local fire station.
There are specific safety rules for the two different types of grills. These NFPA safety tips should also be followed, depending on what type of grill you are using:
Besides starting a fire, the second most common health hazard during barbecue season is undercooked and ill-prepared foods. These barbecue safety tips can keep you and your family and friends healthy and free of food-related illness while cooking.
Ahrens, Marty. "Home Grill Fires." News & Research, National Fire Protection Agency, Apr. 2019, www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Data-research-and-tools/US-Fire-Problem/Home-Grill-Fires.
"Barbecue Basics: Tips to Prevent Foodborne Illness." FDA, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/barbecue-basics-tips-prevent-foodborne-illness
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