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Grill Safety: Protecting Your Summer BBQs | SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda

6/3/2024 (Permalink)

burgers over open flame grill Gather around the grill, but don't forget about fire safety! Follow these tips from SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda to ensure a fun and safe night.

As the summer sun shines bright, the enticing aroma of barbecue fills the air. Backyard grilling is a favorite pastime for many during the warmer months, bringing family and friends together for delicious meals and great memories.

However, it’s crucial to prioritize safety to prevent accidents and ensure a worry-free experience. Here are some essential grill safety tips to keep in mind this summer.

Proper Grill Placement

The first step to grill safety is proper placement. Pay close attention to where you set up your grill:

Grill Outside: Never grill indoors, including garages or enclosed areas. Indoor grilling can lead to carbon monoxide buildup, posing a serious health risk.

Maintain Distance: Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house, deck railings, or any flammable materials. This distance helps prevent fires from spreading.

Level Surface: Place your grill on a flat, stable surface to prevent tipping over. Avoid placing it on uneven ground or surfaces that could cause it to wobble.

Safe Grilling Practices

Once your grill is properly set up, follow these safety guidelines while cooking:

Never Leave Unattended: Stay close to your grill at all times while it’s in use. Leaving it unattended even for a moment can lead to accidents.

Use Long-Handled Tools: Keep a safe distance from the flames by using long-handled grilling utensils. This minimizes the risk of burns and keeps you safe.

Keep Flammables Away: Keep flammable items like paper towels, dishcloths, and plastic utensils away from the grill. Store them in a safe location to reduce the risk of fire.

Fire Safety Tips

In case of a fire, knowing how to respond quickly and effectively is crucial. Here’s what to do:

Have a Fire Extinguisher: Make sure you have a fire extinguisher nearby whenever you’re grilling. Familiarize yourself with its operation, and keep it easily accessible in case of emergency.

Control Grease Buildup: Clean your grill regularly to prevent grease buildup, which can ignite and cause a fire. Use a grill brush to remove excess grease and food residue after each use.

Know When to Call for Help: If a fire gets out of control, don’t hesitate to call 911. It’s better to seek professional help immediately rather than risk personal injury or property damage.

By following these grill safety tips, you can enjoy delicious meals with family and friends without worrying about accidents or injuries. Remember, safety is key to a successful and enjoyable grilling experience.

Our team is here to help you enjoy a worry-free summer season. Contact SERVPRO of Buffalo/Tonawanda today if your home is damaged in a fire.

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