Residential fires caused by grilling are dangerous, deadly, and on the rise. In 2012, there were 374,000 residential fires in the United States. Of those fires, 188,000 or 49%, were directly related to cooking. Cooking fires also caused 7,650 injuries and 145 deaths. Residential fires cause nearly $7.5 billion in damage each year. Apartment owners, management companies, and condo associations should state in the lease/condo association rules: “Occupants shall not grill or deep fry inside the dwelling unit, on a deck or patio of a dwelling unit, or within 15 feet of any combustible material.” To read more about preventing residential grilling fires and download our technical bulletin, click here.