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Washington, DC Summer Grilling Fire Safety

7/11/2023 (Permalink)

Barbecue fire with round grill. Food preparing concept with bbq fire on grill Always stay prepared and safe during the outdoor cooking season!

SERVPRO advises Washington, DC residents to always stay prepared and safe during the outdoor cooking season

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) warns families that the onset of the summer season also marks an increase in house fires caused by outside grilling activities. The NFPA estimates that grills cause 10,600 residential fires annually on average. Grill fires occur most frequently in July, then in June, May, and August. 

As we continue our summer festivities, it is important to make sure our summer celebrations are fun, memorable, and safe. Below are fire safety grilling tips for you to keep in mind this summer.

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 the 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 restore and remediate the damages to your home or contents after a fire. Before you attempt to clean up the damage yourself, call the fire damage cleanup and restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Washington, DC. SERVPRO of Washington, DC specializes in fire and water cleanup & restoration services and repair services, helping to remediate damage for commercial and residential clients. For more information regarding our services, click here.

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