With Memorial Day and the summer months approaching, NFPA offers safe grilling tips and recommendations to prevent fires and injuries

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Memorial Day weekend typically includes lots of celebrations and cookouts, often with outdoor grilling as a focal point. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Often considered the unofficial kick-off to summer, Memorial Day weekend typically includes lots of celebrations and cookouts, often with outdoor grilling as a focal point. As the holiday and summer months near, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reminds everyone of basic safety tips and precautions to grill and celebrate safely. NFPA data shows that from 2014-2018, fire departments responded to an annual average of 10,600 home fires annually involving grills, hibachis or barbecues. This includes 4,900 structure fires and 5,700 outside or unclassified fires. These fires resulted in an annual average of 10 civilian deaths, 160 civilian injuries, and $149 million in direct property damage. The peak months for grilling fires are July (18% of grilling fires), June (
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