Grill Fires - National Report

In April 2010 The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) United States Fire Administration (USFA) issued a special report, Grill Fires on Residential Properties. 
 
"Grills, hibachis, and barbecues on residential properties continue to be a high fire risk,” said Kelvin J. Cochran, United States Fire Administrator. “It is crucial that households be mindful of fire safety when using these pieces of equipment, especially as the summer season approaches.” 
 
According to the report, which is based on 2006 to 2008 data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), an estimated 5,700 grill fires on residential properties occur annually in the United States, resulting in an estimated average of 10 deaths, 100 injuries, and $37 million in property loss. 
 
Over half (57 percent) of grill fires on residential properties occur in the four months of May, June, July, and August and almost half (49 percent) of these fires occur during the hours of 5 to 8 p.m. In addition, 32 percent of grill fires on residential properties start on patios, terraces, screened-in porches, or courtyards, while an additional 24 percent start on exterior balconies and unenclosed porches. Finally, propane is the power source in 69 percent of all grill fires on residential properties. 

Please feel free to contact the Fire Prevention and Investigation Division (720-913-3474; denfpb@denvergov.org ) if you have any safety concerns about your own or your neighbors’ outdoor grills.
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