Preventing Grill Fires
As we get further into summer more and more people will be lighting up their grills family gatherings and holidays. While it may not seem like an outdoor grill would pose much of a risk to your home, without the proper safety precautions a barbecue can cause extensive fire and smoke damage to your home. The following tips can help you reduce the risk of a grill fire at your home this summer:
- Inspect the propane tank for holes or loose hoses before using. Periodically check the hose for holes by submerging it in soapy water. If any bubbles form the hose should be replaced.
- Keep the grill at a safe distance from the home and any flammable items. Never grill under any kind of overhang like a garage or a porch.
- Always keep a fire extinguisher in an easily accessible location not too far from the grilling area.
- Never leave a lit grill unattended, especially around children or animals that could easily knock it over.
- Use tools with long handles to keep a safe distance from the flame, and avoid wearing any clothing items that may easily catch fire (i.e. long, baggy sleeves)
- Always clean a grill after use, while its still hot, with a wire brush to avoid accumulations of fatty, greasy materials. Periodically check and empty any trays below the grill that may collect grease.
- If you use lighter fluid to light a charcoal grill, only use charcoal starter fluid. Never add the fluid to a flame, add it before lighting the grill.
If you experience any fire or smoke damage this summer call SERVPRO of North Garland anytime at 972-496-2441.