Cooking is the biggest cause of home fires and fire injuries. You can prevent cooking fires.
Grilling fire safety tips:
Only use grills outdoors and away from siding and deck railings.
Clean grills often and remove grease or fat build-up.
Make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting.
Have a 3-foot safe-zone around grills and campfires. Keep kids and pets away from the area.
Dispose of coals after they have cooled in a metal can.
Never leave grills, fire pits, and patio torches unattended.
Did You Know?
It is illegal to have a grill on an apartment balcony in San Marcos.
Ordinance No. 2015-10, Section 308.1.4 Outdoor Cooking. It is unlawful to use or to store a charcoal burner, open flame, LP gas burner, outdoor grill, barbecue, or other outdoor cooking appliance with open flame on the premises of a residential building with three or more dwelling units or of a multifamily residential building with two or more stories. The provision does not apply to the use of permanently mounted outdoor cooking devices located ten or more feet from any structure.
Grill fires cause an estimated $37 million in property loss each year.
Almost half of home grill fires happen between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Patios, terraces, screened-in porches, and courtyards are leading home locations for grill fires.