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5 tips to follow when heating up the grill

Grilling out safely in the summer.Hosting a barbecue with friends and family is the perfect way to bid good-bye to the summer. But before you heat up the grill, the National Fire Protection Association has a few safety tips to help you avoid experiencing one of the 8,900 home fires caused by grilling on average each year.*

  • Propane charcoal BBQ grills should only be used 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 away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

If your home is unexpectedly damaged by a grill-related fire, rest assured that there are steps you can take to limit the effects of damage.

For example, do not touch anything with your bare hands. Soot on your hands can damage other surfaces, such as upholstery, woodwork and walls. Additionally, incorrect cleaning procedures could compound the soot residue problem. Touch base with a professional before attempting to wash or clean any upholstered furniture, carpets, or papered or flat-painted walls.

For more emergency fire damage control tips, visit www.servicemasterrestore.com/tips.

*Source: http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/outdoors-and-seasonal/grilling