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Grilling Safety and What You Need To Know

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

The warmer weather is finally here, and it’s about time to start taking the cooking outside and grilling with friends! While grills are a popular summertime method of cooking, they can also pose a big fire danger to your family and property if not handled correctly. Follow these tips to help make sure that your next grill party goes off without a hitch!

  • Grills should be set up a safe distance from any structures or overhangs.
  • Use lighters or matches specifically meant for lighting grills that are longer and meant to keep your hands farther away from the flames.
  • Never leave a grill unattended while in use and if you’re using charcoal make sure it is fully extinguished before leaving.
  • Proper cleaning is important to reduce the risk of fires from grease and food build up.
  • Never use a grill in an enclosed area, not only is it a fire hazard, but using a gas grill in an enclosed area is a big carbon monoxide poisoning risk.

Gas Grills

  • Spare gas tanks should be stored away from the house.
  • Don’t light your grill with the lid closed. The gas can build up inside and potentially cause a large fire.
  • Regularly check the fittings and gas lines for leaks.

Charcoal Grills

  • Charcoal should not be stored in the home. If possible, store charcoal in an airtight metal container, and away from any other flammable materials.
  • Only use approved lighter fluid meant for charcoal, and don’t add more fluid once the grill is lit.
  •  Using more than the recommended amount of charcoal can lead to ashes and sparks flying out of the grill and potentially causing fires elsewhere.
  •  Make sure ashes are completely cooled before emptying the grill, and never store them near the house or on a deck. Ashes are still a fire hazard even when they are completely extinguished.

Barbeques with family and friends are a great way to spend the warmer months outside. Just be sure to pay attention and make good decisions when handling flammable materials. If you do happen to experience a grill fire this summer, our team at SERVPRO of Norfolk West is available to help 24/7 for any emergency fire damage needs. Give us a call and let us know how we can get your summer back to “like it never even happened.”

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