Warmer weather means it’s grilling season, so we have some safety tips for your family. Summer means celebrating outside with propane or charcoal barbecues. While we always take every precaution, accidents do happen. But don’t worry, Disaster Kleenup Specialists in Monterey, and Santa Cruz is ready to help you with any house fire cleanup or repairs.
Grilling Tips For Safety
- Always Grill Outdoors
- Set Up Away From House
- Keep Pets & Children Away
- Keep Grills Clean
- Don’t Leave Grills Unattended
- Check Propane Gas Hoses For Leaks
- Let Charcoal Coals Cool
Barbecue Safety-It’s Better Outdoors
Propane and charcoal barbecues are safer when used outdoors. They emit gases and high heat, which dissipate more readily in the fresh air and open spaces outside.
Set Up Away From Your House
House fires can start from a grill that’s too close by. Eaves overhanging a barbecue can catch fire. Branches that are close to both your barbecue and your home can quickly spark a fire.
Keep Pets & Kids Several Feet Away
Pets and kids often don’t realize how hot the grill can get. Children may be curious or want to help. However, they may not be as careful around the heat source or grease, causing an accident. Pets and kids playing nearby may bump into the chef or grill and become injured.
Keep Barbecues Clean
Fat or grease deposits can build up on your grill after even a short time. Clean them after each use, paying particular attention to trays sitting below the unit.
Don’t Leave Unattended
If something goes wrong, then sparks may blaze up in your grill. A watchful chef can respond to any situation quickly, avoiding a full-blown fire. If the situation gets out of control, call the fire department.
Check Propane Setup For Leaks
When using propane barbecues check hoses for leaks. Apply light soapy water, then watch for larger air bubbles that may reveal any small leaks. This technique can also be applied when checking gas bottle connections.
Let Those Coals Cool Off
Coals should be left to cool down after grilling. Don’t put barbecues back into storage or close to the house before checking that coals are cool and ready to be placed in a metal container.
Have Summer Fun Safely
One of our favorite things to do during the summer is barbecue. By keeping these simple safety tips in mind you can enjoy a great fun-filled barbecue every holiday.
- Memorial Day
- July 4th
- Labor Day
- Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
Call Us For Clean Up
Enjoy your time outdoors with friends and family this season. If you should have an accidental fire, call us. Our team at Disaster Kleenup Specialists in Monterey and Santa Cruz is ready to help you with any clean-up or fire restoration.