As Memorial Day and summer approach, there will be more picnics and outdoor parties, which will trigger more accidents due to grilling food and recreational fires. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), an estimated 5,700 grill fires occur on residential properties each year, and outside fireplaces and pits caused nearly 3,700 grass and brush fires in 2016.
It is important to keep safety a priority when it comes to hosting outdoor events this summer. You can avoid a fire-related accident with these six safety tips from the NFPA:
- Position your grill on a flat surface, away from overhanging branches or flammable materials
- Place your grill a safe distance away from where people will be playing games, walking or sitting
- Use long-handled grilling tools to give plenty of space between you and the flames
- Pick your fire pit spot wisely and make sure the weather conditions are appropriate for a fire
- Build the fire at least 15 feet away from trees, shrubs or flammable materials
- Always extinguish the fire when you are done by letting it burn down to ashes, pouring water over the embers and stirring everything in the pit with a shovel
By following these simple precautions, you are better equipped to avoid personal injury and property damage from a fire. Contact a trusted AssuredPartners NL agent at (844) 507-2528 to ensure you are covered with adequate limits on your homeowners insurance policy.
Sources: USFA, NFPA, recreation.govShare This: