Is your grill safe? How to prevent BBQ fires

Posted at 6:30 PM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 20:30:52-04

BOZEMAN – The peak time for grill fires is in the months of July and May.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, grilling related house fires occur most often in the summer and spring months when more people are grilling.

On average, grilling accidents cause ten deaths, 160 injuries, and $133 million of property damage a year.

The Bozeman Fire Department suggest keeping your grill away from the house, and the grill clean before putting the burgers on.

“You need to make sure they’re clean if there’s an excess amount of grease built up in there that can catch fire and create a bigger fire,” said Bozeman Fire Department Fire Inspector Scott Mueller. “It’s more being diligent, keeping a really good eye on the barbeque if you happen to be under a covering or outdoor covering of some sort, you need to make sure it doesn’t flare up.”

The department also suggests keeping a fire extinguisher and a hose near your grill.