The leading locations for home grill fires?

Hi Prince Georgians, As we prepare for the unofficial beginning of summer and to chow down on some BBQ during the Memorial holiday weekend, we must take a sec to remind ourselves of grill safety! According to the US Fire Administration, over half of home grill fires start on patios, terraces, screened-in and unenclosed porches, balconies, and courtyards. These home grill fires cause an estimated $37 million in property loss each year. Also, according to the US Fire Protection Agencies, July (17%) was the peak month for grill fires, followed by June (14%), May (13%) and August (12%) and in roughly one-quarter of grill fires, the grill had not been cleaned. The most important things you can do to prevent grill fires are to: – Never grill on on the second floor or higher and never grill on an enclosed porch or patio. – Only use grills outdoors, away from siding and deck railings. – Clean grills often and remove grease or fat build-up. – Make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting. – Have a 3-foot safe-zone around grills and keep kids and pets away from the area. – Dispose of coals after they have cooled in a metal can. – Never leave grills, fire pits and patio torches unattended.

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