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How To Avoid a Grill Fire

9/25/2020 (Permalink)

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As Labor Day approaches and the close of summer brings cooler weather in Wyncote, PA, this time of year offers the perfect opportunity to fire up the grill one last time. As you enjoy your holiday weekend, be sure to practice safe habits to avoid a grill fire. If you do experience a grill fire, know what to do to keep everyone safe.

How To Avoid a Grill Fire

Each year, thousands of homes experience fires caused by grills. If you know your grill is in need of repair, don't use it until it has been repaired. Follow these safety measures to ensure you don't experience a barbeque fire.

Always remove old grease from the grill and tray below the grill.
Check for leaks on the gas tank prior to use.
Open the lid before lighting the grill.
Make sure the grill is placed away from the home, tree, and other flammable structures.
For charcoal grills, only use starter fluid that is designated for use with charcoal.

If You Experience a Grill Fire
Know what actions to take in the event of a grill fire before using your grill. A fire extinguisher should always be easily accessible. If a fire does get out of hand, shut off the grill if you can do so safely to cut the fuel supply. Also, close the grill lid so the fire is deprived of oxygen.
After using the fire extinguisher, if the fire is beyond your control, call for help and evacuate the home. If your home experiences smoke damage or fire damage, it can be restored. Your priority should be your home's occupants and guests.
A grill fire can happen at any time. Knowing how to avoid and how to handle a grill fire can help lessen the severity of the fire. Keep these tips in mind as you enjoy the holiday weekend.

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