How to have a safe and happy BBQ this summer with ServiceMaster Restore.
Now that the weather is getting warmer, you’ve probably considered firing up the barbecue if you haven’t already.
After all, nothing says summer like the smell of burgers, steaks, and hot dogs fresh off the grill.
Until something starts burning, that is.
While barbecue grills can cook up large amounts of delicious food, they are also a fire hazard.
But don’t worry! There are easy ways to prevent injury and keep your home safe.
Keep your property out of harm’s way the next time you smoke, sizzle or sauté outside by following a few simple BBQ safety tips from ServiceMaster Restore.
Practice Good Grilling Habits
Whatever kind of barbecue you use, there are a few simple things you can do to reduce your risk of fire or injury.
Here are some grilling safety tips to follow:
- Set your barbecue away from structures and overhangs, including your main building, shed, garage, trees and other potentially flammable objects.
- Never use your grill inside, in a tent, or under an outdoor awning. Doing so can pose a fire hazard and cause carbon monoxide poisoning using a gas barbecue.
- Light any gas or charcoal BBQs using long-length lighters or long matches to avoid getting burned. Keep all ignition sources out of the reach of children.
- Never leave an actively burning BBQ unattended.
- Let the grill fully cool before you cover or store it.
- Clean your barbecue thoroughly and often to reduce flammable build-up inside.
Be Aware of Proper Charcoal Barbecue Safety
Many swear by the taste of food cooked on a classic charcoal barbecue.
This method may be popular, but it also poses unique fire risks.
Keep these safety tips in mind if you own or use a charcoal barbecue:
- Only add enough charcoal to cover the bottom of the barbecue. Don’t pile too much inside since it could cause ashes and sparks to become airborne, possibly catching nearby objects or your home on fire.
- Store extra charcoal in a secure place away from other potential fire hazards, preferably in an airtight metal container.
- Only use starter fluid designed for charcoal. Apply it to cold coals only, and don’t add extra once the BBQ is lit. Otherwise, the flames could get too high, resulting in possible burns or an unconfined fire.
- Empty your used ashes only when they have cooled. Never store or dispose of them in a bin or leave them on the decking. Even when cooled, ashes can still cause a fire. Dump them on garden soil in a metal receptacle for proper disposal.
Use your Gas BBQ Wisely
Gas barbecue grills are convenient, easy to use, and require less refuelling than charcoal grills.
But they are also susceptible to fire risks. Remember these safety tips if you own a gas BBQ:
- Open the lid before lighting the barbecue. This allows oxygen to escape and reduces the risk of fire or explosion.
- Check the gas line and tank fittings regularly for leaks. You can do this by brushing soapy water around these areas. If you see bubbles emerge, there could be a leak somewhere. Replace damaged and leaking parts and make any other repairs before using the barbecue.
- If you have spare gas cylinders, never store them under a stairway. Place them upright and outside, away from furniture or structures, to minimise fire risks.
- Turn off your barbecue using the controls first, then close off the gas line at the tank to ensure gas can escape safely.
In need of fire damage restoration?
If the worst should happen and you experience a fire during the warmer months, the professionals at ServiceMaster Restore are always available to help.
We hope you never need to make that call. But if you do, we’ll be there to help with the recovery.
Find your nearest ServiceMaster Restore today or call 0845 762 6828 to see how we can help you in the aftermath.