This photo is from a fire the Duxbury Fire Department responded to earlier this month. When they arrived, flames were shooting over the roof of a one-story house.
According to an article on WHDH’s website, “Fire departments in Massachusetts responded to 431 fires involving grills, hibachis, and barbecues between 2011 and 2015, according to the Department of Fire Services. Those fires reportedly led to 20 civilian injuries, three firefighter injuries and $3.5 million in property damage.”
Mass. State Fire Marshal Ostroskey offered these safety tips for grilling safety:
- Always grill outdoors.
- Place grills 10 feet away from the house and deck railings. Make sure grills are not under eaves or overhanging branches.
- You should not use a gas or charcoal grill on any porch or balcony.
- Gas grills can be used on first floor decks or patios, only if there is an outdoor stairway to the ground, or it is at ground level.
- Grills should never be used indoors or on fire escapes.
- Keep all matches, lighters and lighter fluid away from children.
- Keep children and pets three feet away from grills. Create a circle of safety. Children should never play near grills.