Often considered the unofficial kick-off to summer, Memorial Day weekend includes lots of celebrations, cookouts, and barbeques. But it also means the increased risk of grilling fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, on average, 10,600 home fires are started by grills each year! Failing to properly clean and maintain the grill, leaving food unattended, and placing a grill too close to anything that can burn are significant fire hazards.
The Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System along with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers these recommendations for enjoying a fire-safe grilling season:
As the Memorial Day weekend fast-approaches, take the time to inspect your grill and ensure you have a safe location for using it! For more fire prevention information visit loudoun.gov/fireprevention or call 703-737-8093.
*Source: National Fire Protection Association