One of the best days for grilling, picnics, and family is Memorial Day. It's not only a day for grilling of course. It's really a day to celebrate and honor all those brave men and women who have served our country. When you do get out the grill it's important to remember theses simple safety tips to avoid disaster on this awesome day!

The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) reminds residents to make this favorite summertime activity a safe one by following some important fire safety tips. According to the National Fire Protection Association,

Grill fires spike in the warm summer months. From 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8,800 home structure fires and outdoor fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues each year, including an average of 3,800 structure fires and 5,000 outside fires. These 8,800 fires caused an annual average of 10 civilian deaths, 140 reported civilian injuries, and $96 million in direct property damage.

To make Memorial Day safe there are many steps you should take before barbecuing, during, after, and in the event there is a fire. Here are 5 of the simplest;

  1. Make sure your grill is at least 10 feet away from your home, garage, or trees.
  2. Don’t use grills in a garage, on a porch, deck or on top of anything that can catch fire.  Never use a propane barbecue grill on a balcony, terrace or roof: it is both dangerous and illegal.
  3. Don’t wear loose clothing that might catch fire.
  4. When lighting your propane barbecue, make sure all the connections are secure and open the lid and strike your match or lighter before turning on the gas.
  5. In the event of a grease fire, NEVER attempt to extinguish with water. It will only cause the flames to flare up. Use an approved portable fire extinguisher.

For a FULL LIST of all FASNY grilling safety tips visit The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York Website.

No matter who you're with or what your plans are, we hope you have a Happy, Fun, and most importantly a safe Memorial Day!