Fire Safety Hazards When Grilling at Your Home in Saugerties!
Nothing says “summer” like a barbecue! Beautiful weather in Ulster County, great tasting food and less mess in the kitchen, but it is important to note that with fires as a concern, precautions must be taken. Having an understanding of grilling safety can help avoid a disaster in injuries and fire damage to your home.
Grill fires are all too common, occurring over 5,700 times annually according to the National Fire Protection Association. There are a number of ways to help prevent a grill fire:
-Stop Grill Fires From Starting With These Tips-
- Create a safe zone around your grill. Closer is not better. A flare-up from your grill can be quite large, or thinking your grill is cool enough to move back against the house are quick ways to lead to fire damage, it’s recommended to have 10 feet of empty space away from a structure of any kind as precaution.
- Clean your grill grates often. With each use, your grill grates can become saturated with food and grease that have become stuck over time. Brushing down your grates after each use is always recommended—not only will this keep your grill’s temperatures consistent, but it will also prevent these food bits from becoming too hot and catching fire.
- NEVER leave the grill unattended. The difference between a close call and a full-on fire is often a nearby person with a fire extinguisher. If you must take a break, be sure to have someone watch the grill in your place just in case, have a fire extinguisher ready and know the safety plan.
- Inspect the grill regularly. All things can become worn with age, including the gas connections on your grill. Because this can lead to hazardous gas leaks, you can make a habit to visually inspect your grill before each use to reduce the chances of an issue arising. If it looks wrong, it probably is. Best not to attempt danger with a malfunctioning grill.
If you have a grill fire that does damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us any time, day or night, to have a quick response from our restoration experts. Here to help since 1992.