Grill fires can turn dinner into disaster

 Grill fires can turn dinner into disaster

As the summer season approaches, local fire and disaster remediation specialist Robby Cox of SERVPRO® of Lake of the Ozarks knows that the number of grill fires will increase, peaking in July. “Charcoal and gas grills, barbeques and the like are involved in an average of more than 5,000 structure fires each year and almost 5,000 additional outdoor fires,” said Cox. Beyond that, Cox adds, grilling accidents result in 19,700 trips to the hospital annually. Thermal burns account for 9,500 of those visits, and children under the age of five account for an average of 2,000, or 39 percent, of those burns.1 Cox knows that families can take steps to protect their home from damage and their family from injuries and still enjoy home-grilled, summer meals. Before you grill:1

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