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Grilling Safety: 5 Great Fire Prevention Tips for Your BBQ

4/24/2023 (Permalink)

Fire damage to a Barrow County home caused by a grill too close to the property. Understanding fire safety is the best way to avoid fire damage!

The professionals at SERVPRO see an influx in fire damage due to grilling mishaps as soon as the temperatures rise.

Summertime is around the corner, and the opportunity for outdoor barbecues, family gatherings, and good food comes with it. But be warned: these activities come with fire damage risks due to grilling mishaps. To help ensure that your home remains safe this summer, SERVPRO of Barrow County has compiled a list of five essential grilling safety tips you should follow when grilling. Grilling safety is necessary to minimize the risks of fire disasters. 

As a premier fire restoration company in Barrow County, we understand the importance of taking proper safety precautions when grilling. That's why we are here to provide helpful advice to help keep your home safe throughout the summer season. So, for those currently suffering from fire damage in their home, please get in touch with us immediately. Otherwise, keep reading because it's time to get grilling! 

What are the causes of grilling fires?

Before we dive into grilling safety, it is essential to understand the leading causes of grilling fires. In grilling fire damages jobs we have completed in the past, we have seen these common indicators for the cause of the fire: 

  • Grease accumulation on the grill.
  • Using lighter fluid as an ignition instead of an electric starter or matches. 
  • Grilling too close to flammable objects and structures such as decks or wooden fences.
  • Leaving a grill unattended while cooking. 

Now that you understand the common causes of grill fires, let's dive into five great tips to prevent any fire damage this summer. 

SERVPRO's 5 grilling safety tips

As mentioned earlier, grilling safety is critical for preventing fire damage to your home. Here are the five essential tips you should follow when grilling: 

  1. Clean your grill regularly: grease buildup on a grill is one of the leading indicators that something will go wrong. Make sure to clean out any lingering grease before using the barbecue by using a grill brush.
  2. Ensure the grill is at least 10 feet away from your home or any other structure: proper distance will ensure that a flare-up won't damage your house or anything else close to it. 
  3. Check for gas leaks: if you have a gas-powered barbecue, check for leaks. You can use a spray bottle and soapy water; if bubbles form, it is time to call the professionals. 
  4. Don't use lighter fluid as an ignition source: lighter fluid is highly flammable and can easily ignite if not appropriately handled. Instead, use an electric starter or a match to light your grill. 
  5. Don't leave the grill unattended: never leave the barbecue alone while cooking. Keeping a close watch will help reduce the risk of any flare-ups you may have from occurring and potentially damaging your home or other structures. 

Following these five grilling safety tips, you can rest assured that your home will remain safe and sound throughout the summer. 

How the SERVPRO of Barrow fire restoration team can help

SERVPRO of Barrow County wishes everyone a fun, safe summer, but we understand that fire damage does happen. If you have experienced a fire in your home, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately so we can help restore your home to its original condition. Our fire restoration services include: 

  • Fire damage assessment and containment
  • Smoke and soot removal 
  • Odor removal 
  • Content and item restoration 
  • Structural repair or replacement 

We understand the importance of fire safety, so we proudly provide our clients with free, expert advice on avoiding grilling fires. If you have any questions about our services or grilling safety, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help keep your home safe and sound this summer!

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