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Prevent Fires with These Grilling Safety Tips

Posted by ServiceMaster YSI | May 26th, 2020 | No responses

Memorial Day weekend is normally the indication that it is finally grilling season. The sunshine and warm temperatures provide the perfect environment to have a cookout. However, cooking has its safety risks, and this is especially true for grilling.

Whether you are using a charcoal grill or a propane grill, your priority needs to be grilling and fire safety. Otherwise, you will not be able to enjoy the burgers, hot dogs, or other foods you were planning to consume and share with others.

Here are some grilling safety tips to keep in mind this season:

Use Your Grill in the Proper Area

Fire damage restoration and fire safety while grilling: grilling meat and vegetables on a grill - downloaded for free from UnsplashYou need to be mindful of where you place your grill because of the safety hazards that it presents. Knowing this, make sure your grill is set up away from your home and other objects. Practice grilling safety by maintaining at least 10 feet of distance between your grill and other items.

Furthermore, use your grill out in the open air and not indoors, in a tent, or in another similar structure. You want the flames and the fumes it produces to have open space. For propane grills, you especially want to avoid enclosed areas because they increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Make Smart Grilling Choices

General Grill Use

Leaving an active grill unattended is one of the biggest fire safety hazards. Just as you should remain at the stove when cooking, you need to stay with an active grill. If you need to leave, even momentarily, make sure someone is there to watch the grill. In the event something goes wrong, you want to make sure someone is there to respond to the situation right away.

When lighting the grill, you may feel unsafe if you are too close to it. You can avoid burns and other incidents by using long-length lighters or matches to light the grill.

Using Gas Grills

Fire damage restoration and fire safety while grilling: grilling meat on a gas grillBefore using your gas grill, tighten the hose and inspect it for leaks. This is a crucial step to take because gas leaks are among the top causes of cookout fire accidents. That said, this simple action can prevent a disaster.

To check for gas leaks, rub soapy water all over the tank. If any large bubbles appear, then this may indicate a gas leak or a loose hose. Have the problem solved before using the grill.

When you light your grill, do it only after you open the grill’s lid. This opening will provide the oxygen with a way to escape. This also limits the potential for an explosion or a fireball. When you turn the grill off, first use the controls, and then close the gas line. This action guarantees that any excess gas will escape in a safe manner.

When storing extra gas cylinders, make sure they remain upright and outside in an area away from structures and other objects. For example, do not store them beneath a stairwell.

Using Charcoal Grills

Fire damage restoration and fire safety while grilling: grilling meat on a grillWhen using a charcoal grill, proper grilling safety suggests you use just enough charcoal to cover the bottom. Otherwise, excessive charcoal can encourage airborne sparks and ashes. To start the grill, use starter fluid specifically created for charcoal use, and only add it to cold charcoals. If you add fluid to hot coals on an active fire, it can easily produce high flames and an out-of-control fire.

When cleaning the grill, wait until your grill has fully cooled. Follow the same instruction for emptying ashes from it. To dispose of ashes, it is preferable to leave them on garden soil, because even cooled ashes can cause a fire. As such, do not leave ashes in the garbage or on your deck.

Clean Your Grill Regularly

When you cook on the grill, grease can easily accumulate, especially if you often grill fatty foods. This grease buildup can easily cause a fire to break out, and grease fires can become overwhelming quickly. Knowing this, it is important that you clean your grill on a regular basis. More specifically, you should clean your grill after each use, allowing it to completely cool down before doing so.

Professional Fire Damage Restoration Help

Cookouts are a great way to enjoy the outdoors, but they can only be enjoyed if you prioritize fire prevention and fire safety as you use the grill. Otherwise, you may be left dealing with a disaster. If you follow the aforementioned grilling safety tips, then you will limit the potential for any fires this grilling season.

Fire damage restoration in Quincy, IL by ServiceMaster Cleaning and Restoration - an example of what could happen if safety precautions are not followed when grilling

An example of what could happen if safety precautions are not followed when grilling.

In the event that a fire does break out this grilling season, then you need to seek help right away. After a fire has been extinguished, the worst of the damage is yet to come because smoke and soot will continue to linger, settle onto your property, and potentially cause permanent damage. Because of this, you need to get fire damage help immediately.

Call your local fire department to tend to the fire. Then reach out to a professional fire damage restoration service to address the fire’s aftermath and restoration.

ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration provides homes and businesses in Mt. Sterling, IL, with quality fire and smoke damage restoration services. We are available to help on a 24/7 basis and will promptly respond to your call. Using proper cleaning techniques and equipment, our professional technicians will clean the smoke and soot damage and make repairs on damaged items and materials.

With help from ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration, your home will be safe and restored to its pre-loss condition.

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