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Grill Fire Safety Tips

4/7/2023 (Permalink)

Fire in background with box and SERVPRO logo Grilling can be an enjoyable activity, but it's important to prioritize safety to prevent a grill fire.

Grilling is a popular outdoor activity that many people enjoy during the warmer months. A grill fire can happen quickly and without warning, but there are steps you can take to prevent them from occurring. 

Let’s discuss grill fire safety:

  • Choose the right location for your grill: When choosing where to place your grill, ensure that it is at least 10 feet away from your home or any other combustible structures. Keep it away from overhanging branches, deck railings, and other potentially flammable objects.
  • Clean your grill regularly: Cleaning your grill regularly can prevent grease buildup and reduce the risk of flare-ups. Grease fires can happen when grease and fat accumulate on the grates and drip pans. Make sure to clean your grill after every use, and occasionally deep clean it with a grill brush.
  • Check for gas leaks: If you have a gas grill, make sure to check the hoses and connections for leaks before every use. A gas leak can cause an explosion or fire, so it's important to be vigilant.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby: In case of a fire, make sure to have a fire extinguisher nearby. Ensure that you know how to use it before you need it.
  • Be mindful of what you're cooking: Some foods, like fatty meats or foods marinated in oil, are more likely to cause flare-ups. Be mindful of what you're cooking and how you're cooking it. Keep a close eye on the grill, and use a spray bottle of water to douse any small flames.
  • Never leave the grill unattended: Never leave the grill unattended, especially if you have children or pets in the area. Accidents can happen quickly, and it's important to be present to address any issues that may arise.
  • Shut off the grill properly: After you're finished cooking, make sure to shut off the grill properly. Turn off the burners and close the gas valve if you have a gas grill. For a charcoal grill, spread the coals out and let them cool down completely before disposing of them in a metal container.

Grilling can be an enjoyable activity, but it's important to prioritize safety to prevent a grill fire. By following these tips and being mindful of your surroundings, you can ensure that your next cookout is a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

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