Labor Day is time to remember and celebrate the men and women who fought for workers’ rights in the United States. The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) would like everyone to honor and celebrate safely this Labor Day weekend.
Labor Day this year is accompanied by warmer weather and celebrations, but with that comes risk for fires. Grilling is popular when the weather is nice, but grill fires can easily start and spread quickly, BBQ safety is important this year as we enter into peak wildfire season.
Tips to avoid a grill disaster:
- Do not use your propane or charcoal grill inside your home, garage or hanging branches.
- Grills should be set up away from eaves, deck railings and your home.
- Do not use an uncleaned grill to BBQ, this can cause unwanted fires and safety concerns.
- Never leave your grill unattended especially when children and pets are nearby.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, “an average of 22,155 patients per year went to emergency rooms because of injuries involving grills”.
Tips to follow when grilling.
- Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors.
- Set up your girl on a flat, stable nonflammable surface like concrete.
- To prevent unwanted grill fires, clean your grill in between uses.
- Grilling with friends and family is fun but keeping pets and children away from the grill can help prevent unwanted injury.
As California prepares to celebrate a holiday founded “when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize the many contributions workers have made to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being.” Cal OES urges everyone to celebrate safety and responsibly.