Ready, Set, Grill! Local fire remediation specialists advise grill masters to prepare now for a safe, savory outdoor cooking season
For many, the Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) warns families that the onset of the summer season also marks a rise in home fires started by outdoor grilling activities. According to the NFPA, on average, 10,600 home fires are started by grills each year. July is the peak month for grill fires, followed by June, May, and August.
"Sixty-one percent of U.S. households own a gas grill," says fire remediation specialist Ryan Wolfe of SERVPRO of Lawrence, Owen, Greene & Martin Cos.. "A total of sixty-four percent own at least one outdoor BBQ, grill, or smoker. The popularity of this outdoor cooking equipment combined with longer, warmer days creates a unique fire hazard that should be taken seriously."
The time to take precautions is now, adds Wolfe, before the outdoor cooking season is in full swing. The NFPA offers these basic tips for fire-safe grilling:
For gas/propane grills:
For charcoal grills:
For all grills:
SERVPRO specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services and repair services, helping to remediate damage for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Lawrence, Owen, Greene & Martin Cos., please contact Ryan Wolfe at (812) 275-2244 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about SERVPRO, please visit www.servpro.com.
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