Grill Fires Can Turn Dinner into Disaster
Grills cause an average of nearly 10,000 home structure or outdoor fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Safety tips to help outdoor chefs prevent fires and burn injuries
SERVPRO® hopes you stay safe and have an awesome summer. Consider the following tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), to keep you and your family safe.
- When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for barbecue grills; do not add fluid after coals have been lit.
- When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight; check hoses for leaks. Applying soapy water to the hoses will easily and safely reveal any leaks.
- When camping, always use a flame-retardant tent and set up camp far away from the campfire.
- Always build a campfire downwind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building your fire. Extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite.
- Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen an existing campfire.
NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH PREPARE NOW
This year for National Preparedness Month (NPM), join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and lead efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. “Disasters happen” and not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities. Learn how to be prepared.
Make and Practice Your Plan Do you have an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan? Do you have a plan to communicate with your family before, during, and after an incident? Do you have an emergency supply kit? Make sure your family is informed and practiced in your emergency plan. Be sure to sign-up for alerts and warnings for your local area, and download other necessary apps to stay informed, such as the FEMA app.
Learn Life Saving Skills Do you or someone in your family know CPR? Could you turn off your natural gas if necessary? Do you know how to take cover in an earthquake? Knowing these skills could mean life or death in an emergency situation for you, your family, and your neighbors.
Check your Insurance Coverage Have you reviewed your insurance coverage recently to see if you’re covered in a disaster? Evaluate which hazards are relevent to your area and obtain the appropriate insurance for your home, business, or other property and become familiar with your coverage.
Save for an Emergency Are you prepared financially in case of a disaster? Does your family have an emergency fund for unexpected expenses after a flood or fire? Check out FEMA’s Emergency Financial First Aid Kit for an in-depth document to help you identify and compile important documents and account information all in one spot. Just search “EFFAK” on fema.gov for the free PDF.
Whether it’s flood, wildfire, or extreme winter weather, we must work together as a team to help ensure our families, businesses, places of worship, and neighborhoods are prepared.
Contact our Professionals to find out how we can help make it “Like it never even happened” if disaster strikes in your life.