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Spring and Summer backyard barbeque safety tips to avoid property damage

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

open flames from backyard grill Simple precautions can help your family enjoy a safe grilling season

SERVPRO is always here to help, with years of experience and commitment to property damage cleanup and restoration throughout Suffolk County. Barbeque safety is a key component to avoid seasonal fire damage to your property and injury.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 8,900 home fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues every year. Unfortunately, almost all these fires can be prevented. Fortunately, with some simple precautions, your family can enjoy a safe grilling season.

Backyard Grilling Safety Tips to Avoid Fire Damage

Monitor and control the fire - Never leave the grill unattended. Avoid flare ups during cooking by keeping your grill clean, scraping the grates, and cleaning the trays to remove grease and fat buildup each time you use the grill. Keep a spray bottle of water handy incase of a small flare-up.

Position your grill in a safe place - choose a location for your grill that open and well ventilated, at least 10 ft away from structures including your home, deck railing, eaves, and low hanging branches.

Keep the grill out of a high-traffic area - Be sure to warn adults and children alike of a hot grill. The surface of a grill can heat up to dangerously high temperatures – certainly hot enough to cause serious burns. Keep kids and pets at least 3ft away from the grill, even a grill that's turned off and cooling down can cause serious burns.

Have a plan to put out a fire - Have the correct type of fire extinguisher within reach and, if you are using a gas grill, make sure you know where the emergency cut-off is before you start cooking. Keep matches, lighters, and combustible liquids out of reach and sight of children.

SERVPRO is a trusted leader in the property restoration industry; our team is ready to respond to your emergency property fire damage event, quickly and effectively with unparalleled training and equipment. Giving you peace of mind that your property is being cleaned and restored by caring and competent restoration professionals.

Often during a fire restoration, many recovery operations need to happen simultaneously, some of our crew will work on water extraction and demolition, while others will inventory and pack up items to move to another location to help prevent further property damage from exposure to contaminated areas. Smoke and soot particles are small and can get deep inside building materials, furniture, and other porous items. HEPA filters help our industrial strength air scrubbers and vacuums capture soot, purify the air, and neutralize odors. Our SERVPRO of Medford location is fortunate to offer restoration and rebuilding services following a property disaster from fire, water, or mold. Using our highly qualified construction team will help keep your recovery process moving steady and hassle free, often it can also minimize costs and completion time.

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