Grill dinner, not the house.
Grilling is Not Always Chill
The USFA (United States Fire Administration) collects data on fires caused by home grills or barbeques.
- Grill fires result in about $37 million worth of property damage every year
- Approximately 70% of homes in the U.S. have some kind of outdoor grill
- Late spring and summer months are the prime times for grilling, so 97% of the outdoor-cooking fires occur from May through August.
SERVPRO® of Southern Delaware County owners and employees are part of the Glen Mills/ greater Philadelphia community; we do not wish harm on any of our neighbors. If the worst happens, however, count on us to restore your property to good condition. Call us at 484-841-6669. No matter when you call, we will respond. We have 24/7 emergency service 365 days/year.
Safety Tips and Things to Keep in Mind
- Gas grills are responsible for 79% of all home grill fires, with mechanical failure being the leading factor in the fire
- To avoid such failure (see above), do not use grills that have breaks or weak spots in the pipes
- For gas grills, make the sure the lid is opened when you turn it on
- Check containers to ensure they don’t have leaks or breaks
- Keep grills away from siding, deck railings, and furniture
- Do not use grills in enclosed spaces
- Clean grills often so there is no grease or fat build-up
- Never leave grills unattended
- Use long-handled tools
- Don’t wear loose clothing near a grill
- Keep children and animals at least three feet away from a grill
- If the day is windy, postpone the cookout (flying embers can end up anywhere)
- For charcoal grills, use only lighter fluid or charcoal starter, not gasoline or other flammable liquids
- Do not pour lighter fluid on a grill fire that is already burning
- Empty coals after they have cooled
More Statistics from the USFA:
- Most injuries involving grills are contact burns, caused when a person touches the grill or heat-conducting objects next to the grill
- About 39% of the contact burns happen to children under five
- Grills are responsible for an average of 10,200 home fires each year
- 4,500 are structure fires: the fire spreads to the house
- 5,500 are outdoor fires: the fire stays outside of the house, but may damage yard furniture, the patio or deck, or other outdoor buildings
If Disaster Strikes, Call SERVPRO of Southern Delaware County
Fires can cause significant damage, even when the damage is limited to a small area, and the people were able to extinguish the fire before major harm could be done.
Call 484-841-6669 for a professional restoration.
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