Summer is around the corner. This means warm sun, long days and the smell of BBQ in the air. There’s nothing better than grilling outside on a warm day in the Fort Worth, Texas area. Before you break out your grill, refresh your BBQ safety knowledge. ServiceMaster TEAM compiled the following tips to help you avoid fire damage this summer.

Before First Use

Your grill has been sitting unused for all of winter and maybe even fall. Before you use your grill for the first time this season, deep clean your grill.

  • Clean grates, shields and burners.
  • If you’re having trouble removing grease, you can carefully burn it off by heating your grill on high for 10-20 minutes with a closed lid.
  • Replace grease pan.
  • If you disconnected your gas supply for winter, reconnect it.

Grill Outside

Never grill inside. Keep grills outside, even small ones. The carbon monoxide grills give off is extremely dangerous to inhale indoors, not to mention the added fire risk.

Grill on a Flat Surface

Place your grill outside away from buildings and overhangs on a flat, non-flammable surface. Make sure there aren’t any decorations or plants hanging above your grill. Flames aren’t always predictable. Move flammable material at least 10 feet away from your BBQ station.

Clean Between Uses

Clean your grill in between uses to lower your fire risk. Leftover grease can accelerate a fire at an alarming rate.

  • Brush grates to remove grease.
  • Wipe down the exterior of your grill.
  • Cover your grill after every use.

Check for Gas Leaks

If you use a gas grill, check for leaks often. Start by inspecting the gas line and tank for any damage. Kinks, dents, rust or punctures may indicate a gas leak. Perform a quick gas leak test.

  • Mix equal parts of water and liquid dish soap.
  • Brush the soapy solution on the gas line and the connecting valve.
  • Turn on the gas and watch. Bubbles mean that you have a gas leak.
  • Make repairs before using your grill.

Extinguish a Grease Fire

Grease buildup on your grill can lead to out of control BBQ flames. Never use water to put out this type of fire.

  • Keep baking soda or sand nearby to throw on top of flames.
  • If possible, turn off burners and close the lid.
  • Use a fire extinguisher rated for Class B fires. Usually, this is the dry chemical-carbon dioxide extinguisher or a multi-purpose-dry chemical extinguisher.
  • When in doubt, evacuate the area and call 911.

Charcoal Grill Safety Tips

Charcoal grills have many unique fire safety needs. From using fire starters to handling charcoals after a BBQ, brush up on charcoal grill safety tips.

  • Never add lighter fluid to your grill when already lit. Only douse cool, unlit briquettes with lighter fluid.
  • After you use lighter fluid, put the cap on and place away from your grill.
  • If you use a hot starter, let it cool completely before putting it away.
  • Allow ashes to cool for a couple of days before disposing of them.
  • Place fully cooled ashes in a non-combustible container away from any flammable materials.

ServiceMaster TEAM in Fort Worth, Texas leads the restoration industry in quality and customer satisfaction. If you experience a fire or smoke damage this summer, contact us. Our team of expert technicians is available anytime day or night.

 

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