Grilling Safety Brochure Available from Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores

Did you know that from 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8,800 home fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues per year? These fires caused an annual average of 10 civilian deaths, 140 civilian injuries, and $96 million in direct property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

In order to reduce these alarming statistics, the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) partnered with Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores, Inc. (SHOS) to offer a grilling safety brochure with tips and ideas so your fun-filled cookout stays a safe one. The brochure also informs residents how they can volunteer with their local fire department. Download the brochure or pick one up at your local SHOS store.

The grilling safety brochure is part of the SHOS “Salute to Local Heroes” campaign, which raises money for local fire departments in SHOS communities. The donations collected in stores provide firehouses with critical funds to improve resources for training, equipment, and other support where the local firefighters need it most. The campaign has raised more than $200,000 for local fire departments. In addition, SHOS and the NVFC are working together to bring community members information on home fire safety, how to join their local department, and how to donate funds to support local heroes.

About Sears Hometown and Outlets Stores, Inc.
Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. operates through two segments – the Sears Hometown and Hardware segment and the Sears Outlet segment. The Sears Hometown and Hardware segment’s stores provide customers with in-store and online access to a wide selection of national brands of home appliances, lawn and garden equipment, tools, sporting goods, and household goods, depending on the particular store. The Sears Outlet stores provide customers with in-store and online access to purchase new, one-of-a-kind, out-of-carton, discontinued, reconditioned, overstocked, and cosmetically damaged products across a broad assortment of merchandise categories, including home appliances, apparel, mattresses, sporting goods, tools, and lawn and garden equipment at prices that are significantly lower than manufacturers’ suggested list prices. Learn more at

About the NVFC
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides invaluable tools, resources, programs, and advocacy for first responders across the nation. Learn more at