Winter Barbecues & Risk of Smoke or Fire Damage
Barbecuing isn’t just a summertime family tradition; you can prepare delicious grilled meals all year round. But beware, a barbecue too close to home becomes a hazard for burning. This winter, before you invite your family and friends for a barbecue night out in the backyard, follow a few safety tips and precautions to keep that evening accident-free.
Grill fires can spread quickly when the grill is placed too close to any fire hazards. In case of a fire accident, reach out to a reputable restoration company for clean-up and restoration services. 911 Restoration has experience with restoring homes after fire damage.
Here are a few tips to prevent fire and smoke damage while grilling this winter;
1. Only Use Grills Outside
During the winter season, you might be tempted to keep your grill inside of your open garage or in a tent, but that could be hazardous to your health and well as increase the risk of grill fires. Propane, gas, and charcoal grills are designed to be used outdoors where there is plenty of ventilation.
Make sure that the area around and over top of your grill is clear and empty. Anything flammable in the room would easily catch fire if enclosed and too close to the grill. The best idea is to grill in your backyard, where it’s open ground and abundance of ventilation.
The fumes and smoke released charcoal are burned toxic. It contains carbon monoxide, which is fatal to humans. That is why even in the winter season, make sure you grill your food outside.
2. Place Your Grill Away from Your Home
Grills are usually placed just outside the back door or on the back deck against a railing. Don’t do this; placing your grill too close to the home can pose a potential fire hazard.
Fire flames and flares can heat the surface close to the grills, especially if a wooden structure fire can start easily. Be sure to keep your grill at least 10 feet from your home or other structures.
3. Make Sure You Keep the Grill On a Flat, Level Surface
Grills tipping over is one of the main causes of house fires. That is why it is essential to find a flat and stable surface such as a concrete pad to set up your grill on before you start grilling food. Grills placed on slopes or uneven surfaces can easily tip over and cause fires and injuries to people close by.
In winter, slippery surfaces are common; check for ice before you set up the stable. You don’t want your grill to slip and cause damage.
4. Check Your Grill for Leaks
If you haven’t used your grill for a long time, then it’s important to check it over thoroughly before you begin grilling. Check the gas lines to make sure that there aren’t any leaks. A leak can cause propane or natural gas to build up inside the BBQ when the lid is closed. Open the lid and smell for leaks before you light it.
5. Always Clean Your Grill After Use
The buildup of grease and leftover food can fuel the next time you light your grill and catch fire. Clean your charcoal and gas grill after each use and empty the grease tray when it begins to buildup. Grease fires are very common during barbecue season. That is why ensure your grill is clean before use.
6. Never Leave Your Barbecue Grill Unattended While in Use
It is not advisable to walk away from your barbecue grill while you’re cooking food. Barbecues use high heat and open flames to grill food, and leaving it unattended can become a safety and fire hazard. If you must go somewhere, ask another responsible adult to watch over the grill for you. Please make sure they are about the know-hows of grilling.
7. Wear Appropriate Clothing
Clothing is flammable and catches open fire quickly; that is why if you’re the one grilling food, make sure you wear the right clothes for it. Wear clothing that won’t interfere with cooking, such as long loose sleeves and dangly bits. Keep your apron strings tied back. If a piece of clothing catches fire, remember to stop, drop, and roll to extinguish the flames quickly.
8. Always Have a Fire Extinguisher Close By
If a fire does break out, make sure there are fire extinguishers close by. Spray the fire with it instead of using water to put out the fire. In case of fire, you don’t want to go looking everywhere to get one. Delay could lead to fire spreading all over your house.
If an Accident Occurs
If you’re looking for a restoration company in Naples or cleaning up after an accident, reputable companies like 911 Restoration have years of experience cleaning up fire and smoke damage. 911 Restoration provides damage restoration 24/7/365, with 45 minutes or less guaranteed arrival time. Call now at (239) 317-6917!