Cook Out Safety

Most cookouts are defined by setting up the grill outside and preparing our favorites such as burgers, sausages, steaks, hot dogs, and corn on the cob. Let’s be honest, nothing defines the smell of spring and summer quite like the smell of a grill. But when grilling, there is always some use of fire, whether by using charcoal or gas. Fire can be dangerous, and if close enough to your home it can damage the whole structure and create a total loss of everything. We have encountered many homes that have had small fires. Although we can clean and restore most homes and get you in touch with the right experts to repair it. We also want to share with you how grill masters can make sure they are following all the essential safety tips.

  • Have a fire extinguisher nearby and ready for use. Make sure others (besides yourself) at the gathering know how to use it as well, just in case.
  • Keep a tidy grill station. Do not have anything unnecessary near your grills such as decorations, dirty utensils, or hand towels, or anything that could be dangerous and/or catch fire. Whether these accessories are flammable or not, it’s just not worth the risk of something getting in the way and causing an accident.
  • Make sure your grill is clean and working properly. Double-check for holes, leaks, cracks, or grease build-up that could cause a grill fire.
  • Stay away from the house! Having your grill on the deck or patio is probably convenient, but it may not be in your best interest. Try and have your grill at least 10 feet away from the house if possible.
  • Watch the heat of the grill. If you are using a gas grill, make sure you turn off the gas when finished. Letting gas run excessively increases the chances of explosion.
  • Always clean your grill when finished to prevent build-up which can cause fire or damage.

In my opinion, grilling out is some of the best meals prepared this time of year. I always look forward to ribs, chicken, and a nice skewer of grilled veggies. But it is important to protect your home, and the loved ones that surround you to enjoy those memorable tastes of spring and summer.