Football season prompts reminder about grilling safety at tailgating parties this fall


By LisaMarie Sinatra

Doesn’t it feel like we were just talking about summer grilling parties? I thought so, until this past weekend when I started seeing television advertisements highlighting the fall football season! Time does fly by, I know, but we should never forget the basics of fire safety no matter what time of the year it is.

As the ads suggest, weekend afternoons will soon be spent packing up the car with blankets and coolers along with the portable hibachis and grills en route to attending tailgating parties and cheering on our favorite teams. Here at NFPA we remind everyone that the same safety precautions we urged you to consider this summer are the same when it comes to using the grill in a parking lot at your favorite stadium. Keep in mind the following:

  • Be on alert! If you have or are consuming alcohol, please don’t use the grill or hibachi
  • Never, ever leave your grill or hibachi left unattended
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — food packaging, towels, blankets — away from your grill or hibachi
  • Keep children and pets at least three three feet away from grill

Find out more about cooking safely on NFPA’s cooking safety web pages. More specifically, find these and other great grilling tips to live by this football season on our updated grilling safety pages.

Fall is a great time to put forth our best game face but remember … always keep friends and family safety first and foremost in your mind. Go team!!

Source:: NFPA – Safety Information

Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams founded the Fire Services Training Institute in 1995 to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. He sits on several local organizations including the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, the Tri-Counties Training Officers Association, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAER and is a founding member of the Santa Barbara PIO group Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC). He has been the author of many articles and a columnist for a local newspaper on public safety matters. He is also the co-host of Community Alert on KZSB AM-1290 in Santa Barbara. Williams has been a member of the California State Board of Fire Services since 2008. Prior to becoming involved in the volunteer fire service, Williams was a California police officer for 12 ½ years and a POST certified Field Training Officer. He is a licensed private investigator and security consultant specializing in self-insured, government and insurance defense assignments.

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