It’s officially summertime in Media, PA!
One of the most popular summer activities is grilling outdoors. Who doesn’t love eating food fresh from the grill, relaxing under the sun, and sharing laughs with friends and family?
The professionals at ServiceMaster by ARTec are all for having fun this summer, but we also want you to stay safe and avoid the need for fire damage restoration services.
Grilling incidents can cause fires that can spread quickly and turn your once joyous outing into a complete disaster. Knowing proper grilling safety measures can keep you and your guests safe and save you grief down the road.
Here are some tips for safe outdoor grilling this summer:
- Keep the grill well away from your home
Make sure your grill is the appropriate, safe distance from combustible items such as siding, deck railings, and low hanging tree branches. Never use a charcoal or propane grill inside of your home. This includes grilling in your garage.
- Keep a fire extinguisher and spray bottle handy
The flames from your grill can quickly spiral out of control. In the case of an accident, use your fire extinguisher to contain the fire if possible. The proper extinguishing technique involves spraying at the base of the fire from a safe distance and moving the extinguisher back and forth from left to right as you move closer.
- Never leave the grill unattended
You may want to chat with guests at your party. You may have closed the top of the grill to let the food cook thoroughly. Even if you don’t think an accident is going to occur, you should never take your eye off of the grill. Fires occur ridiculously fast. Keep your eye on the grill while you cook, and enjoy the festivities when you’re done.
- Inspect gas grills before using them
Check your gas grill for cracks, holes, or leaks before using it. If you notice any of the above, take it to a professional to have it fixed. Under no circumstances should you attempt to repair it yourself.
- Clean your grill
Grills that aren’t cleaned often enough can create a buildup of highly flammable grease that can potentially lead to a fire. Make sure to clean your grill after every use to avoid the need for fire damage restoration down the road.
- Have a plan
In the event of a grilling accident or any type of fire disaster, your family should have a plan in place in case the unfortunate happens.
No one enjoys having to deal with fire damage restoration efforts, but they’re sometimes necessary if accidents occur. We want you to stay safe this summer, but if your Media, PA home is in need of fire damage restoration services, please call us at 610-626-9002.