Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
May 29, 2008 - Now that the grilling and camping season is here, it's time to remember to use common sense and safety when grilling out or huddling around a campfire.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal, which is housed in the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG), offers a few grilling and campfire safety tips to follow:
Taking these extra precautionary common sense steps, grill and campfire injuries can be reduced - or more importantly, avoided altogether.
"The leading factor in charcoal grill fire injuries is the result of something as simple as flammable items being too close to the grill. So it's important to think safety first before lighting a grill," said DLEG Director Keith W. Cooley. "I'm sure consumers would also be surprised to find that gas grills aren't any safer than other grills or campfires - in fact six out of seven grill fires involved a gas grill. The leading contributing factor was a leak or break in hoses or other equipment so it's important to maintain gas grills to protect yourself and your family."
For general grilling safety tips, audio clips, statistical information, and a slide show on how to prepare your gas grill for grilling, visit www.nfpa.org/grilling.