July is National Grilling Month ~ The @NorthAndoverFD reminds you to follow these tips to enjoy your barbecue safely!

According to the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, Massachusetts fire departments responded to 449 fires involving grills, hibachis, and barbecues between 2015 and 2019.  These fires caused 20 civilian injuries, 5 firefighter injuries, and $3.8 million in property damage. 
The North Andover Fire Department would like to share the following Grilling Safety guidelines provided by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services:

Safety First

  • Read and follow the owner’s manual.
  • Always grill outdoors.
  • Grills cannot be used on a porch, balcony or deck with a roof, overhang or wall (other than the exterior of the building). 
  • Grills can only be used on open first floor porches, decks or patios if there is an outdoor stairway to the ground, or the porch is at ground level. 
  • Grills must be 10-feet from the side of a building unless the manufacturer's instructions say it can be closer. Make sure grills are not underneath overhanging branches. 
  • Grills cannot be used on fire escapes. 
  • Place grills away from the house and deck railings. 
  • Keep all matches, lighters and lighter fluid away from children. 
  • Keep children and pets three feet away from grills. Children should never play near grills or propane cylinders. 
For additional grill safety tips, click here.