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Warm Evenings and a Hot Grill


Summer time and warmer weather means an increased use of outdoor grills  – and, unfortunately, more grill-caused injuries and fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, each year an average of 9,600 home fires are caused by grilling, and close to half of all injuries involving grills are due to thermal burns.



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Many great summer memories include barbecuing and eating outside with family and friends. So as the weather heats up, Safe Kids Oregon wants to share this information from our friends at the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal.


  1. Have a 3-foot “kid-free zone” around the grill. Keep children and pets away from the cooking area.
  2. Use barbecue grill outdoors only.
  3. Place the grill away from the home, deck railings, buildings, eaves and any overhanging branches. Grills should not be used on a porch or balcony.
  4. Never leave the grill unattended.
  5. Keep the grill a safe distance from lawn games, play areas.
  6. Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  7. Use only charcoal starter fluid with charcoal grills. Never add charcoal fluid, gasoline or flammable liquid to the fire.
  8. Always cool the coals completely then dispose of them in a metal container with a tight fitting lid. Place the ash container 10 feet away from the home or other buildings.
  9. Never place used coals or ash in a paper bag, plastic container, or directly into a trash can or dumpster.
  10. Never place a container with ashes on a wood deck or other combustible surface.
  11. Dispose of charcoal coals and ash only after they are cool, which could be 3-5 days.






Safe Kids Oregon works to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the number one cause of death for children in the United States. Safe Kids Oregon is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Oregon was founded in 1995 and is proudly led by Oregon Child Development Coalition.


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