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Taking Precautions Can Go a Long Way in Preventing Grill Fires | SERVPRO® of Pueblo

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

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We love the idea of making the most of summer evenings by cooking a fresh, grilled meal with your family—there is really nothing better! While grilling is something many of us do regularly, it is important to not discount safety concerns out of habit. The best habit to be in is one that actively lowers your chances of experiencing a grill fire so you can continue to have summer fun.

Grilling accidents lead to many more fires than people realize—nearly 6,000 a year according to the U.S. Fire Administration. No one wants their cookout ruined by an emergency, so these prevention tips are a must to keep in mind.

Be in the Habit of Preventing Grill Fires

Create a safe zone around your grill. It is understandable to want to locate your grill in a spot that is convenient, but this can pose a huge hazard depending on your patio’s construction. It is recommended to leave at least three feet of open space around your grill free from anything flammable in case a sudden flare-up occurs.

Clean your grill grates often. You have likely heard that you should regularly clean your grill grates for the consistency of your cooking, but this is also an important part of fire safety. When things are allowed to build up on the grates, they can heat up over time and lead to a fire that starts suddenly. By scraping down your grill grates after every use, you can reduce the likelihood of this happening.

Never leave the grill unattended. Just like you would not leave a bonfire without supervision, you should never leave a grill without it either. Even with the lid closed, a fire can start in the blink of an eye, so always having someone stationed nearby with a fire extinguisher is a must to avoid a disaster.

Inspect the grill regularly. No matter how often you use the grill, it is really best to check for issues every time before you light it. Gas leaks can be sneaky, and if your hose or connectors become worn, they can create a serious flare-up when you go to light your grill. A quick visual inspection can alert you to any issues before they become a disaster.

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.

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