May 28, 2021 – With the return of warm weather and the official start of summer right around the corner, people are firing up their grills and cooking delicious meals to spend time with loved ones and friends. Whether it’s burgers and dogs on a propane grill or kabobs and s’mores over an open flame, the Greenwich Fire Department cannot stress the importance proper use and safety precautions enough.
“This time of year, there’s nothing better than to fire up the barbeque and spend time outside eating with family and friends,” says Greenwich Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment & Retention Coordinator, Brian M. Kelly. “However, grilling poses an increased risk of home fires and personal injury. July is the peak month for grill fires. But, by following some simple safety guidelines, people can stay safe and make the kind of summer memories you want to last a lifetime.”
The NFPA offers the following general grilling guidelines:
Before using propane grills, look for the following:
When propane grills are on, remember:
For charcoal grills, remember:
The Greenwich Fire Department is dedicated to increasing the number of volunteer firefighters throughout the various volunteer fire companies within the Town of Greenwich. Also two volunteer fire companies provide an explorer program for teens (14-18 years old). “The skills and experience gained as a volunteer firefighter are invaluable and have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of others,” Greenwich Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment & Retention Coordinator, Brian M. Kelly.
About the Greenwich Fire Department
The mission of the Greenwich Fire Department (GFD) centers on the preservation of life and property in the Town of Greenwich against the ravages of fire. The GFD is a combination fire department consisting of uniformed career and volunteer firefighters who work together to accomplish this mission. Responding to over 4,200 emergency calls annually, the men and women of the GFD are trained and equipped to handle a wide range of threats. This all-hazard approach prepares firefighters for many types of calls ranging from minor fire alarms to structure fires, motor vehicle accidents, and hazardous materials incidents.
Anyone interested in learning more about the GFD should call Brian M. Kelly, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator at 203-618-8877, email: BKelly@greenwichct.org.