It's All Downhill When You Don't Take Safety Measures To Grill
“It doesn’t take long to prepare your grill for safe cooking, but it can take months to recover from a fire and the resulting flame, smoke, and water damage,” saidDavid Kurzontkowski, owner of SERVPRO of Norwood/West Roxbury. “Invest a few minutes now to get your outdoor cooking equipment clean and ready to go, and then spend your summer enjoying good times and great food, not dealing with the destruction and heartbreak of a house fire.”
General Grill Safety
- Check your grill for cleanliness and damage. Remove grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill before the first use and after each subsequent use.
- Position your grill well away from your home and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging tree branches
- Keep children and pets at a safe distance – at least three feet from the grill
- Never leave the grill unattended when in use, and always grill outside.
- Check for leaks in the gas tank hose before using your grill.
- Open gas grill top before lighting the grill.
- If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least five minutes before re-lighting it.
- Use only charcoal starter fluid or opt for a charcoal chimney or electric starter.
- Never add charcoal starter fluid, or any flammable fluid, to the fire.
- Dispose of coals in a metal container after the coals have cooled completely.