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5 BBQ Grill Fire Prevention Tips: Avoid Fire Damage!

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

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The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek have seen the devastation that a grill fire can cause, and we want to help you avoid severe damage. 

Summer is BBQ season! But before you get too excited about all of those backyard cookouts, be sure to read the BBQ grill fire prevention tips mentioned in this blog post. 

The professionals at SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek understand that BBQs are a great way to entertain friends and family. Still, they can also be a significant source of fire damage if not used safely. 

Here are 5 BBQ grill fire prevention tips to help keep your summer BBQs safe:

  1. Keep a close eye on the grill at all times.
  2. Make sure the grill is in a well-ventilated area.
  3. Clean the grill regularly to prevent grease build-up
  4. Keep flammable materials away from the grill.
  5. Use the right fuel.

Keep on reading to learn more about each of these tips in detail!

What causes a grill fire?

Grill fires can happen for various reasons, but the most common cause is an overheated grill. When the fat or grease from your food drips down onto the heat source, it can cause a fire. Grill fires can also happen by sparks from the grill or something coming in contact with the heat source.

Five tips to prevent grill fires

Now that we know what can cause a grill fire let’s go over some tips on avoiding them.

1) Keep a close eye on the grill at all times

Keeping a close eye on your grill may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s essential to keep a close eye on it whenever it’s in use. If you leave the grill unattended, you risk a fire starting.

2) Make sure the grill is in a well-ventilated area

It’s essential to make sure the grill is in a well-ventilated area so that the smoke from the grill has somewhere to go. If the smoke is trapped, it can cause a fire.

3) Clean the grill regularly to prevent grease build-up

One of the best ways to avoid a grill fire is to keep your grill clean. When you remove any old food and grease build-up, it reduces the chances of a fire. Make sure to clean your grill before and after each use.

4) Keep flammable materials away from the grill.

It’s important to keep anything flammable away from the grill. Everyday flammable items include things like paper plates, napkins, and towels. If these materials come in contact with the heat source, they can catch fire quickly.

5) Use the right fuel

Another way to prevent grill fires is to use the correct fuel type. Only use charcoal or propane in your grill, and make sure to follow the instructions on how to light the grill. Never add accelerants to your grill, as this can cause a fire.

What to do if a grill fire starts

If a grill fire does start, the first thing you should do is turn off the heat source. If the fire is small, you can try to extinguish it with a fire extinguisher. If the fire is large, or if you cannot put it out, call 911 immediately.

Once the fire has been extinguished, you will need to assess the damage. If there is any damage to your grill, it’s essential to have it repaired or replaced before using it again.

If your home sustains any fire damage from the grill fire, SERVPRO of East Dayton/Beavercreek is here to help. We are a 24-hour emergency service company, and we will respond quickly to your call.

Wrapping up

Preventing grill fires this summertime will help you avoid costly repairs and damages. Use these five tips to help you enjoy a safe and fun summer grilling season!

When you contact us, we will start the fire damage restoration process right away. Our fire restoration process includes:

  • Assessment of the damage
  • Board-up and tarp-over services
  • Pack out of undamaged belongings
  • Contents cleaning
  • Demolition
  • Cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Reconstruction

We understand the stress that comes with a fire in your home. Our goal is to make the restoration process as smooth and stress-free as possible for you. We will work with your insurance company and keep you updated throughout the entire process.

If you have any questions about fire damage restoration or if you need emergency services, feel free to contact us today. We are here to help!

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