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The Biggest Hazard in Your Backyard: BBQ Fires

Have you heard the alarming statistics of fires caused by grills and barbecues? I recently learned more about this, and asked Rainbow International®, one of Mr. Rooter Plumbing's sister companies, for some information we could share with you.

Mandi Clark, the PR Specialist forRainbow International, is today's guest blogger. She has some great advice for you and your family.

Grills are the center for outdoor living during the warmer seasons, and are a great way to entertain guests during the weekends. When you prepare your home for the grilling season it is important to do a safety check and tune-up all the gear you'll be using. During the spring and summer people tend to use their outdoor patios and living areas up to 20 times a month; therefore, the risk for accidents highly increases. Most home fires that happen in the time between March and May are due to patio appliances not being properly inspected. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in 2005-2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8,200 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues per year. These 8,200 fires caused an annual average of 15 civilian deaths, 120 civilian injuries and $75 million in direct property damage. Simple precautions, pre-planning and care, especially regarding young children, is very important. Here are some simple tips to make sure you are preventing a home fire:
  • Check grill for safety hazards. Gas connections should be checked for leaks by applying a soapy water solution. When applied, bubbles will form if gas is escaping.
  • Carefully clean out any particles, dust, and cobwebs that may have built up over the winter. Use a pipe cleaner or wire to ensure that the debris is removed correctly. Remove lava rocks and grates for a thorough cleaning with soap and warm water.
  • Never use wood, charcoal briquettes, barbecue starter fluid or gasoline in conjunction with your propane or natural gas barbecue. Doing so is likely to result in a highly flammable situation.
  • Barbecue in an open outdoor space for ventilation purposes and always keep a fire extinguisher handy.
  • Don't allow an accumulation of grease to occur by keeping your grill and burners clean - this greatly reduces the chances of a grease fire.
  • Never fight a grease fire with water - this will only cause the flames to flare up.
Following these important safety tips can ensure you an enjoyable, fire-free grilling season.

You can visit their website at www.rainbowinternational.com for more information. Here's wishing you a world class day.


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