Anyone who has watched a fire ravage a home knows that life can change in a minute. Along with the terror of ensuring your loved ones’ safety during a fire, you may helplessly watch years of personal mementos literally go up in smoke. To avoid this devastation during the summertime, when backyard grilling is a popular activity, it is particularly important to follow important safety recommendations.
Facts and Figures on Grilling Fires
Here are some startling facts and figures from the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) “Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment”:
- Grilling results in an average of 8,800 annual home fires.
- One of every six (16%) home structure fires involved the ignition of something that was too close to the grill.
- Overall, leaks or breaks were factors in one of every five reported grill fires.
- Gas grills contribute to a higher number of home fires overall than their charcoal counterparts.
- July is the peak month for grilling fires followed by May, June and August.
NFPA notes that all types of grills present a risk for fires and burn injuries. Here are some additional statistics from the NFPA report:
- More than one-quarter (27%) of home-structure grill fires started on a courtyard terrace or patio.
- Fires originating on an exterior balcony or open porch were 29%.
- Kitchen fires accounted for 6%.
NFPA Grilling Fire Safety Tips
When grilling, NFPA recommends the following precautions:
- Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should be used only outdoors.
- The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill area.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grates and in the trays below.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
Fire Damage Restoration in Bentonville, AR
Despite the best efforts to follow these safety tips while grilling, a fire can still occur at your home. Some of the devastating effects, long after the fire is extinguished, include:
- Odor damage
To help you cope, you need an experienced team of technicians who will respond quickly, treating your home and personal belongings with the ultimate care. Our team will spring into action and take the following steps:
- Contain the damage to prevent further loss
- Install tarps, plywood and other necessary precautions
- Inventory your home, evaluate the contents and store items until restoration is complete
- Restore many of your belongings to pre-loss condition
Serving Northwest Arkansas for 14 years, our company uses IICRC-certified technicians to assess and mitigate any damage caused by fire, water, mold or storms. Our restoration professionals work quickly and thoroughly—coordinating directly with major insurance companies to expedite necessary repairs and minimize delays.
We work hard, on your behalf, and are proud of the awards that our company has received. They include:
- 2015 Best Business of Centerton
- Contractor Connection Performance Excellence Award (2013, 2010)
- Contractor Connection Golden Hammer Award (2012, 2010)
Why does our company stand out in the industry? The dedicated technicians at our company use advanced information technologies to expedite your restoration project. For 24-hour emergency service, contact us for an immediate response and personal support.