Summer Fire Safety
Barbecues and bonfires are two activities that come to mind when you think of summer fun. Grilling, toasting marshmallows, or just sitting around the fire - nothing says summer like a bonfire or a backyard barbecue. However, both activities carry a high risk of fire hazard.
When grilling, the grill should only be used outdoors in a well ventilated area at least 10 feet away from the house. Never use a grill on a porch, balcony, or a deck with a roof or overhang. SERVPRO of Piscataway recently completed a fire job at a home in Middlesex where a grill was placed against the house and caused a fire to break out. It caused extensive damage to the back of the home and the deck.
After using a propane grill, always make sure the propane tank is shut off properly. Forgetting to shut off the tank can cause an explosion.
Whether you are using a propane grill or a charcoal grill, never pour or squirt lighter fluid directly onto a lit grill.
When building a bonfire, use only untreated hardwood. Never use flammable liquid to keep your fire going and always have things on hand to put out the fire (water, shovel, and/or fire extinguisher).
While having fun this summer, always remember that fire can be dangerous and cause a lot of damage. Preparation is key to having a fun and safe summer.
If your home or business has suffered from fire or smoke damage, our technicians at SERVPRO of Piscataway can help. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us at 732-752-4445.