Grill fires can turn dinner into disaster – L’Observateur

 Grill fires can turn dinner into disaster – L’Observateur

Local SERVPRO fire and water clean-up professional offers safety tips to help outdoor chefs prevent fires and burn injuries

LaPlace, LA (Grassroots Newswire) – As the summer season approaches, fire and disaster remediation specialists from SERVPRO in the LaPlace area know that the number of grill fires will increase, peaking in July. “Charcoal and gas grills, barbeques and the like are involved in an average of more than 5,000 structure fires each year and almost 5,000 additional outdoor fires,” said Rick Isaacson, CEO of Servpro Industries, LLC. Beyond that, Isaacson adds, grilling accidents result in 19,700 trips to the hospital annually. Thermal burns account for 9,500 of those visits, and children under the age of five account for an average of 2,000, or 39 percent, of those burns.1

SERVPRO fire damage remediation specialists know that families can take steps to protect their home from damage and their family from injuries and still enjoy home-grilled, summer meals.

Before you grill:1

  • READY: Clean grill racks and grease trays. For gas grills, check the gas tank hose for leaks at the beginning of the season.
  • SET: Choose a safe, firm, level spot for the grill away from coolers, running children and pets, and mingling guests. Grill outside, never in a garage or under the awning on a deck, the eaves of your home, or low-hanging branches.
  • GO: Prepare the grill for cooking carefully. For charcoal grills, use a charcoal chimney with newspaper, a…

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