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Eat Outside Day - Grilling Out For Memorial Day

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

“Grilling Safety” with photo of meat on a grill and SERVPRO logo Memorial Day Grilling Safety

Happy Memorial Day! SERVPRO of South Mecklenburg County hopes you are able to take some time to spend with family or time to yourself this holiday. With the end of summer quickly approaching this holiday weekend, savor the last moments of warm weather by celebrating Eat Outside Day!

Many people take Memorial Day as a chance to grill outside, and it’s important to remember grilling safety this holiday to keep everyone enjoying the day in the best way possible! 

Grilling is a great way to get outside! Invite friends and family and get out there and cook some meats and vegetables, but be sure to keep safety in mind.

The National Fire Protection Agency encourages grilling safety tips because nearly 9,000 fire department calls in 2014-2018 involved home grills. You can prevent the next grill fire by following these suggestions:

Check the Regulations

Some parks and outdoor areas have regulations on grilling and cooking outdoors. Be sure to check the rules before setting up and bringing a portable grill to an outdoor area. Some regions may be under a high fire danger rating, and it may be dangerous to light a fire.

Distance the Grill

Set up the grill a safe distance from objects and people. Be sure to keep the grill away from overhanging branches, lawn games, areas of high traffic, and places that children are playing. Keep children and pets a safe distance from the grill to avoid them getting hurt. Also, keep trash and wrappers away from the grill to avoid them lighting accidentally. A safe distance is three feet or more.

Dispose of Charcoal

Dispose and put out anything used to start or maintain the fire before leaving. Douse the fire with water and make sure that the area is cool to the touch. Empty the coals into a non-flammable container such as a metal can. Never empty coals into a trash can or leave them burning. Be sure to pack them out with you once they are cool. 

Grill fires can be safer if you follow these steps! If you need help after a fire or have fire-related damage in your home, SERVPRO professionals can help. For any fire-related assistance and for questions, call us at (704) 840-6112. Happy Memorial Day from SERVPRO of South Mecklenburg County!

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