June and July are peak months for grilling fires
June 9, 2015 – The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Stop & Shop New England Division are teaming up to promote a healthy, safe grilling season aimed at helping ensure an enjoyable summer for all and one that reduces the risk of grilling fires.
Three out of five households own a gas grill, according to NFPA’s “Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment” report, which translates to a lot of tasty meals. But it also means there’s an increased risk of home fires. Each year an average of 8,800 home fires are caused by grilling, and close to half of all injuries involving grills are due to thermal burns. While nearly half of the people who grill do so year-round, July is the peak month for grill fires, followed by May, June and August.
Video: NFPA provides grilling fire safety tips to consumers
“Partnering with Stop & Shop provides a wonderful opportunity to remind the public about fire safety while preparing healthy grilled meals for their families,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “Fortunately, there are many simple steps people can take to greatly reduce the risk of a grill fire like keeping things that could catch fire away from the grill area and using long utensils to keep hands and clothing away from the flame.”
“Teaming up with NFPA to promote safe grilling practices helps reinforce important fire safety messages to our customers,” said Phil Tracey, Stop & Shop manager of Public Relations. “We want our customers and their families to be safe when grilling this summer.”
This summer, participating Stop & Shop stores in New England will reinforce grilling fire safety messages as well as provide tips for preparing healthy meals with events on Cape Cod and in Rhode Island.
When grilling, consider the following:
- Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
- The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grates and in the trays below.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
For more information about grilling fire safety and additional tips and resources, visit www.nfpa.org/grilling.
About Stop & Shop
About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC employs over 59,000 associates and operates 395 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness – with emphasis on children’s educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA’s Smart Way program and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop
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Contact: Lorraine Carli, Public Affairs Office: +1 617 984-7275