Brushing Up on Your Grill Safety Skills | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City
Brushing Up on Your Grill Safety Skills | SERVPRO® of Henderson/Boulder City - SERVPRO OF HENDERSON/BOULDER CITY Blog
During the summer months, grilling is likely one of the main cooking methods you use to create delicious family meals while enjoying the great outdoors. While we are big fans of grilling, we encourage everyone to refresh their knowledge on fire safety to make sure every cookout can remain a pleasant one.
Grill fires happen more than people typically realize. Annually, around 5,700 fires are due to grilling mistakes according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Doing your part to reduce the chances of a grill fire is an important aspect of continuing to enjoy this fun activity.
Refresh Your Knowledge on Grill Fire Safety
Create a safe zone around your grill. When deciding where your grill should go, convenience might be the top thing you prioritize—but be sure to prioritize your safety, as well. Three feet of space is the general rule for what you should have around your grill, and this includes structures, people and even pets that could be harmed if there is a flare-up.
Clean your grill grates often. Having food caked onto your grill grates is not just bad for your cooking experience—it is also a common cause of grill fires. Leaving grease and crumbs to accumulate on the grates can lead to a sudden fire if they become too hot, so cleaning your grill after each use is a good habit to get into.
Never leave the grill unattended. When a sudden fire happens, being there to immediately douse the flames with a fire extinguisher can be the difference between a close call and a disaster. If you have to take a break from watching the grill carefully, be sure you have someone else take over so there are always eyes on the open flame.
Inspect the grill regularly. Even before you start grilling, there can be potential hazards present. Gas lines that run between the tank and your grill can wear down with time, leading to a disastrous situation if they are not replaced and a flame is nearby. A visual inspection is recommended before you introduce any open flames.
If you have a grill fire that does damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us any time, day or night, to have a quick response from our restoration experts.