According to the National Fire Protection Association, an estimated average of 10,600 home structure and outdoor fires involving grills were reported annually between 2014 and 2018. The leading factors that contribute to grill fires are preventable — failure to clean, leaks or breaks, leaving the grill unattended, and having the grill too close to something that could catch fire.
Before you grill
- Keep your grill at least 6-10 feet away from your home, and only grill outside. Grilling indoors—even in a garage without proper ventilation—is extremely dangerous and can lead to a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning
- If you are moving a natural gas grill or other outdoor natural gas appliance from a gas convenience outlet, be sure all safety valves on both the grill and the gas line are turned off
- Check your grill's hoses and connections for cracks or damage
- When you start a natural gas (or propane) grill, start the grill with the lid open to avoid gas building up inside
- Use long-handled tongs to prevent accidentally burning your hand on the fire
- Never leave your grill unattended—especially if children or pets are nearby
- Remember to keep a fire extinguisher and spray bottle of water nearby in case of an emergency
- Call Spire's dedicated emergency number for your region if you smell gas
Check out the National Fire Protection Association for more safe grilling tips.