With grilling season in full swing, Anaheim Fire & Rescue reminds residents that barbecues can also cause burns and house fires.
Indeed, according to the National Fire Prevention Association, from 2007-2011 gas grills were responsible for about 7,200 home fires annually. Charcoal or other solid-fueled grills contributed to an annual average of 1,400 home fires during that time period.
These fires caused an annual average of 10 civilian deaths, 140 civilian injuries and $96 million in direct property damage.
“We want to remind people to be careful how they dispose of hot coals,” Fire Chief Randy Bruegman said. “Hot coals in a trash can, can start a fire.”
Here are some tips for how to be safe while grilling up those summer favorites:
• Wear short sleeves or roll them up when cooking on the grill.
• Use long-handled barbecue tools.
• Keep a 3-foot safe zone around grills, fire pits and campfires.
If a person does experience a burn while grilling, here are a few tips to follow:
• Place the burn in cool water for three to five minutes.
• Cover the burn with a clean, dry cloth.
• See your doctor if the burn is larger than your palm.