Local disaster expert gives grill safety tips as summer kicks off

 Local disaster expert gives grill safety tips as summer kicks off

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Local SERVPRO disaster experts want to keep Topekans safe during the summer season and have given tips to keep family grill masters safe.

As the summer season approaches, SERVPRO of West Topeka says the number of grill fires will increase and peak 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 Fire and Disaster Remediation Specialist of SERVPRO of West Topeka, Daniel Thorman.

Beyond that, Thorman added that grilling accidents result in about 19,700 trips to the hospital each year. He said thermal burns account for 9,500 of those visits and children under 5-years-old account for an average of 2,000, or 39%, of those burns.

According to Thorman, families can take steps to protect their homes from damage and family members from injuries while still enjoying home-grilled, summer meals.

Before you grill, SERVPRO said to take the following precautions:

  • 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 charcoal starter…

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