Grilling and Fires
When the warmer weather comes around there is nothing better than the smell of food on the grill.
7 out of 10 adults in the US have a grill or smoker. That is a lot of mean being grilled, however it also increases the risk of house fires.
In 2013-2017 fire departments responded to an annual average of 10,200 home fires involving grills and barbaques per year, including 4,500 structure fires and 5,700 outside or unclassified fires. These fires caused on average annually 10 deaths and 160 injuries related to grilling as well as $123 million in property damage.
SERVPRO of Frankfort helps remediate properties every year that face damages due to grilling fires. Below are a few safety tips for the grilling season.
- Always keep grills away from structures that could burn.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill even when you are done cooking.
- Keep a bucket of water nearby.
- Do not let grease build up.
- Never leave the grill unattended when the flames are on.
- Do not put the grill away after cooking. Ensure that the grill is cooled off all the way before moving it into or near a structure.