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There’s no better feeling than firing up the grill for the first time of the season. As warm sun overtakes unpredictable spring weather, a BBQ is a great way to kick off summer. However, grills are a considerable fire risk. Brush up on your grill safety knowledge before you start cooking!

All Grills

Grease Fire

Grease buildup is common on most grills. If you experience a grease fire, take the following steps.

  • Never throw water on a grease fire.
  • Keep baking soda or sand nearby to throw on out of control flames.
  • Turn off your BBQ burners and close lid.
  • You can also use a fire extinguisher rated for Class B fires such as the multi-purpose dry chemical extinguisher or the dry chemical-carbon dioxide extinguisher.
  • When in doubt, evacuate the area and call 911.

Between Uses

No matter what type of grill you have, clean after every use.

  • Wipe down the outside of your grill to remove excess grease and food.
  • Brush grates when still warm to easily remove stuck-on food.
  • Don’t forget to put the lid on your grill when not in use.

Grill Outside

Pay attention to your BBQ spot.

  • Never grill inside. All grills give off carbon monoxide.
  • Grill outside 10 feet away from your house or any other structure.
  • Clear away low hanging tree branches or decorations. Anything above your grill has the potential to catch on fire.
  • Set up your grill on a flat, non-flammable surface like concrete.

Charcoal Grills

Best Practices

Follow these best practices when using your charcoal grill.

  • Only put lighter fluid on cold coals. Once you’re done with the lighter fluid, secure the lid and store away from your grill.
  • Allow hot starters or any other grill accessories to cool away from flammable items. Handle carefully when hot.
  • Never move ashes before they’ve cooled.
  • Once ashes are cold, put in a non-flammable container away from your home.

Gas Grills

Before First Use

Deep clean your gas grill every year.

  • Clean grates, burners and shields by soaking them in soapy water.
  • To remove stubborn grease, turn your grill on high and cover for 15 minutes.
  • Check gas levels and replace the gas tank if needed.
  • Securely reconnect the gas tank to your gas line.
  • Change out grease pan.

Gas Leaks

Complete frequent gas leak checks. You can do this with the following steps.

  • Inspect gas line and tank for damage. Punctures, rust or dents may indicate a gas leak.
  • Mix together equal parts of water and soap.
  • Brush this solution onto your gas line and valve.
  • Slowly turn on the gas and watch.
  • If you see bubbles, you have a gas leak.
  • Until the leak is fixed, disconnect the gas tank.

ServiceMaster of Germantown is your local fire and water damage restoration expert. We hope these tips help you enjoy a damage-free summer. If you do experience a BBQ fire, contact us at 901-854-6225. We’re available 24/7 for emergency restoration services. Our team also provides extreme cleaning, floor care and more. The sooner you call, the more damage we can prevent.