Why It Matters
Grilling outdoors and gathering around a fire pit can be great ways to entertain family and friends. But like many activities, they come with a risk of smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide poisoning.
As a committed advocate of fire safety and prevention, Kidde is proud to share important tips to help households stay safe outside during the summer months and beyond.
Practicing Grilling Safety
Each year, the month of July is the peak time for grill fires, with gas grills being involved in an average of almost 9,000 home fires per year. According to a Consumer Products Safety Commission survey, more than 5,000 injuries related to fire pits or outdoor heaters were treated at emergency rooms in the U.S. in 2017. In the event of a fire, Kidde understands that it's critical to not only understand the risks around grilling and fire pits, but also how to properly use fire safety equipment (e.g. fire extinguisher) in the event of a fire.
Fire Extinguisher Safety: Grill owners should always keep a multipurpose fire extinguisher within easy reach (but don't place it directly against your grill). When using a fire extinguisher, remember the PASS method: Pull the tab, Aim low towards the base of the fire, Squeeze the handle, Sweep side-to-side.
It's important to buy the largest disposable fire extinguisher you can manage for grilling purposes. Kidde recommends a 1A10BC rated model that's ideal for grilling, like the Kidde FA110G or KD82-110ABC models. Find them on ShopKidde.com.
Fire Extinguisher Maintenance: Always ensure the fire extinguisher gauge is in the green zone and that it has been replaced within the last 10-12 years.
Grill Safety: Households should always place grills at least 10 feet from their home. Not only will this help protect the home's exterior materials, which could catch fire or melt, but it will also help prevent CO from entering their living spaces. Additionally, always make sure young children and pets stay away from a hot grill. To do this, keep a 3-foot ring of safety around the grill while you're cooking.
Keep alarms current: Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms must be replaced after 10 years. In addition to testing alarms once each week, check the manufactured date on your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to make sure they're current. If they're older than 10 years of age, it's time to replace them.
Alarm Placement: Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home, including the basement, as well as inside and outside of each sleeping area.
Carbon Monoxide Safety
Grilling can also pose a risk for carbon monoxide (CO), which can move through drywall. CO is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that is poisonous to both humans and pets. To protect your home from the risks of CO poisoning, never grill in your garage (even with the door open). Additionally, don't grill next to an open window, vents, or ducts, since CO could find its way into your home through those avenues.