Grilling Safely: Top Fire Safety Tips for BBQ Season 

The weather is warming up and that means grilling season is upon us. Grilling can be a fun way to enjoy different meals with friends and family outdoors. When grilling it’s important to prioritize fire safety to prevent any potential accidents or safety hazards. Let’s learn about grilling safely with these top fire safety tips for BBQ season. 

close up of hand grilling safely using top fire safety tips for BBQ season

Choose a Safe Location

When choosing a safe location to place your grill, it’s important to have a 10-foot radius of space between the grill and your home, trees, or any other flammable materials. It should also be in an area that receives an adequate amount of ventilation. You should always avoid grilling in an enclosed space or indoors, as this can lead to carbon monoxide buildup and other hazards. 

Be Prepared with Fire Safety Equipment

If you plan to grill this summer, make sure you have a working fire extinguisher close by and know how to use it. As a secondary safety measure, a bucket of sand or fire blanket can also help suppress flames in an emergency.   

Regular Cleaning & Maintenance

Just like cooking with your stove indoors, your grill also needs maintenance and care. It’s important to remove any grease or fat buildup from your grates and trays to prevent flare-ups. Grease especially can be easily ignited and cause a dangerous fire.  

Never Leave your Grill Unattended

One of the most important fire safety tips for BBQ season is to never leave your grill unattended. When it’s in use, keep a close eye on the flames and heat level. Make sure that there are no people, children, or animals within 3 feet of a grill that’s in use to prevent safety risks. 

Be Cautious of Clothing

When you are grilling it’s important to be aware of any loose clothing or accessories you might be wearing. Make sure your aprons are tied tight, sleeves are rolled up, and you don’t have any gangling accessories that could pose a safety threat.  

Extinguish the Fire

When you are done grilling your delicious meal, make sure to always turn off your burners and close the vents to put out the fire completely. Let the coals cool down before disposing of them in a metal container. 

Create an Emergency Plan

Even by following all these fire safety tips for BBQ season; accidents can still happen. In the event that you do experience a fire emergency brought on by grilling, it’s important to be prepared and have a plan in place. Make sure everyone in your household knows what to do in case of a fire and review the plan regularly. 

By following these grilling fire safety tips, you can enjoy your outdoor cooking experience while prioritizing the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and your property. However, if you do still find yourself experiencing a fire emergency, Professional Fire Restoration is here to help. Hiring fire damage restoration professionals is the key to addressing fire damage and getting your home put back together quickly and efficiently. The team will assess the damage and create a restoration plan that covers you and your home from point A to point Z.  

Professional Fire Restoration should be the first call you make after experiencing any kind of fire damage in your home. We have over 35+ years of experience of turning crisis into calm. We’re here to help you along your path to starting new. Contact us today so we can help clean the fire damage in your home and repair it to what it was or make it even better.