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Summer Grilling Safety Tips

7/6/2023 (Permalink)

Flames over grill SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix wants YOU to remain safe while grilling this summer.

Be Safe When Grilling

It’s summertime and despite the hot temperatures, spending time outdoors is a must. Whether you are relaxing poolside, camping in the mountains, or out on the patio in your own backyard, being outside, soaking up some sun, and getting fresh air is always needed. Outdoor grilling and barbecuing is a favorite pastime for many, especially during those social gatherings with friends and family. SERVPRO of Avondale/Goodyear/Southwest Phoenix wants you to remain safe while grilling to avoid potential fire hazards from occurring. According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), from 2014-2018, “grills, hibachis or barbecues were involved in an average of 10,600 home fires per year, including an average of 4,900 structure fires and 5,700 outside or unclassified fires (NFPA.org). Here are some safety tips to consider the next time you are grilling.

Safety Tips

  • Be sure to place your grill outside and a safe distance away from your home and any outdoor structures that can catch fire.
  • Don’t place the grill near any dry brush, trees, or shrubbery that can easily catch on fire. Be sure to place the grill on a flat and leveled surface to prevent the grill from toppling over.
  • Clean your grill properly and remove all grease or fat buildup.
  • If you’re using a gas grill, make sure to check the hose for any wear or tear to prevent a leak from occurring. To do so, use a soap and water mixture to apply to the hose and look for any bubbles.  
  • Children and pets should be kept away from the grill, at least 3 feet away.
  • Do not leave your grill unattended. Be sure to always have someone nearby to watch the grill in case you must step away for a bit.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher on hand just in case. Make sure to familiarize yourself with how to properly use it.

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