June 2011

Greetings! ServiceMaster Emergency Services by Covington

With Spring finally arriving here in the Pacific Northwest and Summer just around the corner we turn our focus and activities to the outdoors. Outdoor grilling becomes a preferred method of cooking and is a great way to entertain family and friends. We want you to enjoy this time of year and just want to make you aware that fire danger still exists.

ServiceMaster Emergency Services by Covington
(509) 922-2500 (208) 667-7670

Home Fires Involving Grilling

Between 2004 – 2008, U.S. Fire departments responded to an average of 7,700 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues per year, including an average of 3,200 structure fires and 4,500 outside fires. These 7,700 fires caused an annual average of 13 civilian deaths, 120 reported injuries and $70 million in direct property damage. Almost all of the losses resulted from structure fires and July was the peak month for grill fires however these incidents occurred throughout the year.

Four of every five (81%) grills involved in home fires were fueled by gas while 17% used charcoal or other solid fuel. Gas grills were involved in an average of 6,200 home fires per year, including 2,400 structure fires and 3,800 outdoor fires annually. A leak or break in the fuel line was the leading factor contributing to gas grill fires.

Charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved in 1,300 home fires, including 700 structure fires and 600 outside fires. The leading cause of these structure fires was something that could burn being too close to the grill.

More than one-quarter (29%) of the home structure fires involving grills started on a courtyard, terrace or patio:
28% started on an exterior balcony or open porch
7% began in the kitchen and
5% started on an exterior wall surface
Emergency Room Visits Due to Grills

In 2009, 17,700 patients went to emergency rooms because of injuries involving grill fires. Roughly half (9,400) of the injuries were thermal burns.
Children under five accounted for almost one-quarter (22%) of the thermal grill burns.
Roughly one-third of the gas grill injuries were burns incurred while lighting the grill.
Gasoline or lighter fluid was a factor in roughly one-quarter of the charcoal or wood burning grill burns.
So you can see that as we let our guard down and begin to enjoy Spring & Summer we need to remember that the potential for a fire disaster still exists. In the event your grilling and cooking experience does lead to a fire emergency please remember that ServiceMaster Emergency Services by Covington is here to assist in restoring your property to its pre loss condition and restoring peace of mind.


Source: NFPA Fire Analysis and Resarch Division

Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment

Cooking equipment fires are the #1 leading cause of home structure fires and associated civilian injuries and the third leading cause of home fire deaths. Two-thirds (66%) of home cooking fires started with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

During the 5 year period of 2004 – 2008

US fire departments responded to an average of 154,700 home structure fires that involved cooking equipment per year. These fires caused an average of 460 civilian fire deaths, 4,850 civilian fire injuries and $724 million in direct property damage.

Facts & Figures

Cooking equipment fires accounted for 40% of all reported structure fires and 36% of home civilian injuries.

Cooking equipment was involved in 1 of every 6 (17%) home fire deaths.

Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in these fires.

Three of every five (59%) reported non fatal home cooking injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves.

Ranges accounted for the largest share (59%) of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16%.

Households that use electric ranges have a higher risk of fires and associated losses than those using gas ranges.

Frying poses the greatest risk of fire and in a1999 study of range fires by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 83% of frying fires began in the first 15 minutes of cooking.

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.

Source: NFPA Fire Analysis and Research Division