While Memorial Day weekend grilling is fun, it comes with a set of safety concerns as well. Nearly 9,000 house fires are caused annually by grill fires.  

The National Fire Protection Association warns people about the proper ways to grill. 

Some of their suggestions include:

  • Stay alert when grilling. Do not grill if you are sleepy or when you are drinking alcohol. 
  • Don't leave your cooking/grill area unattended
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area. Remove flammable materials from around the grill.

VP of Outreach and Advocacy Lorraine Carli says preprep like cleaning the grill is key too. 

"Keep your grill clean by removing grease or any of the fat buildup from the grills and the trays below the grills," said Carli. 

Other precautions to take include checking for leaks and cracks if you have a gas grill and keeping the grill away from covered areas.