Summer Grilling Fire Safety
SERVPRO advises College Park, Hyattsville, District Heights, and Landover grill masters to prepare now for a safe, savory outdoor cooking season
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) warns families that the onset of the summer season also marks a rise in home fires started by outdoor grilling activities. According to the NFPA, on average, 10,600 home fires are started by grills each year. July is the peak month for grill fires, followed by June, May, and August.
Now is time to take precautions before the outdoor cooking season is in full swing. The NFPA offers these basic tips for fire-safe grilling. Read more to learn about the fire safety grilling and our fire restoration services.
For gas/propane grills:
- Check the gas tank for leaks before using it.
- Open the lids on all gas grills before lighting the grill.
For charcoal grills:
- Use only charcoal starter fluid to start the fire but never add it or any flammable liquids to a fire that is burning.
- Cool coals completely before you dispose of them in a metal container.
For all grills:
- Use propane and charcoal BBQ grills only outdoors.
- Place the grill well away from house and deck railings. Don’t place it under leaves or branches.
- Remove grease and fat buildup from grills and trays after each use.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill.
- Never leave the grill unattended when in use.
Our certified technicians can help mitigate the damages to your home or contents after a fire. Before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage cleanup and restoration technicians. SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsville and SERVPRO of District Heights/Landover specialize in fire and water cleanup and restoration services and repair services, helping to remediate damage for both commercial and residential customers. For more information regarding our services, click here.