Grill Safety to Prevent Fire Damage
With summer in full swing, many of us will be back to using our outdoor grills. Unsafe grill practices are responsible for many injuries and costly fire damage. Approximately 8,900 home grill fires are caused each year with $118 million in direct property damage. With that in mind, let’s go over some basic fire damage prevention tips to keep you and your family safe around the grill.
- Routinely clean your grill – Grease is the largest factor in grill flare-ups, so keep your grill clean.
- Check regularly for leaks – Using dish soap, create a solution that is one-half water and one-half dish soap. Apply this to the gas line on your grill. Turn on your grill. If there are bubbles, your grill has a leak and you should address this immediately.
- Take preventable safety measures – Keep a water filled spray bottle handy for flare-ups and know where your larger fire extinguisher is in case the fire gets out of hand.
- The “10-foot” Rule – Keep your grill 10 feet from any structures in your yard. This greatly reduces the potential for accidental fires.
- Don’t turn on the gas with the lid closed – This is the largest source of injuries because the trapped gas can create a fireball when lit.
- Don’t leave the grill unattended – As with all fires, keep an eye on it at all times.
- Don’t use a grill indoors.
- Don’t cook to much food at once – This can lead to a small fire from all the excess fat dripping into the flames.
Even with all the proper measures in place, you may still experience a malfunction or accident that leaves you with property damage. And that’s where PuroClean can help to restore your property to a pre-loss condition. Please call us for more information on PuroClean’s fire damage restoration services.