This Fourth of July weekend, people across the country will fire up the grill for outdoor gatherings with family and friends.

But before you make spicy grilled shrimp, chicken kebabs, or smoke BBQ ribs, remember to stay safe.

Seventy percent of adults in the United States own a grill or smoker, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association. While that means a lot of people can enjoy home cookouts this Fourth of July weekend, there’s also the potential for danger.

Each year, approximately 9,600 home fires originate with grills and July is the peak month for such fires, followed by May, June and August, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Grill-related injuries send more than 16,000 people to the ER each year. Thermal burns represent 8,200 of those visits, according to the NFPA.

Here’s a graphic from the NFPA:

Following simple safety practices can prevent hazards. Here’s what the NPFA suggests:

  • Get to know the type of grill you’re using
  • Never use propane and charcoal barbecue grills indoors
  • Do not use your flat top grill indoors if powered by propane
  • Clean the grill before use — remove built-up grease or fat
  • Keep kids and pets 3 feet from the grill area

Here are more tips to stay safe this Fourth of July:
Grill safety tips

Happy Fourth of July!

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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