Preventing grill fires at your 4th of july cookout
You want to enjoy this holiday without worrying about accidents and grill fires, so take a few precautions to help protect your homes and families from fires during the 4th of July festivities.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Preventing Grill Fires at Your 4th of July
Summertime is the season for cookouts and spending time with loved ones outdoors. When summer
reaches its peak and it is time to celebrate Independence Day, many families plan cookouts where they
can fire up their grills, shoot off fireworks and celebrate this national holiday surrounded by neighbors,
friends and relatives. You want to enjoy this holiday without worrying about accidents and grill fires, so
take a few precautions to help protect your homes and families from fires during the 4th of July
Experts agree the first precaution is to buy a fire extinguisher for your home. If you do not already have
this safety device on hand, buy one immediately before the holiday. Keep the extinguisher nearby when
you’re cooking on the grill, but not too close to the flames. If grease splatters over the coals or your
propane grill malfunctions, you can put out any fires with the fire extinguisher.
Keep fireworks stored safely while eating dinner. It can be tempting to light fireworks with coals from
the grill and provide everyone with some intermittent entertainment while the meal cooks. However, if
someone drops a firecracker in the grill or drops embers into a bag of fireworks, this accident can quickly
cause a fire that would be difficult to contain. Thus, safety experts warn that fireworks should be kept
inside the home and saved for the after-dinner festivities.
Alternatively, grill fires can be started by the weather. When cooking out in windy conditions, it may be
difficult to control the flames inside the grill. Flames that are not controlled well can emit embers that
could land on the home’s roof or sides. You may not be quick to notice these small coals after they land.
As they are fanned by the wind, these embers can quickly grow into uncontrollable fires. Being armed
with a fire extinguisher and garden hose is often no match against out-of-control house fires. Rather
than lose your property to a house fire, you can invest in home security protection. This service, which
also helps with burglary prevention, can monitor the inside and outside of a home for signs of fire. If the
home security protection service detects flames, smoke or smoldering embers, the staff can call the fire
department and alert the homeowner.
A company that specializes in burglary prevention can additionally monitor people’s yards for signs of
smoke and embers from other people’s grills. Neighbors who cook out may not have their neighbors’
safety in mind. While they may pay attention to their own properties, these neighbors may not realize
that coals that shoot off their grills could land in a neighbor’s yard. Even if you’re not home, burglary
prevention service could prevent the fire’s spread and protect your house by notifying local firefighters.
Many do not realize that a home security protection service offers this additional benefit. However,
before losing your house and belongings because of another person's negligence, consider investing in
this service and protect yourself and your home during the 4th of July holiday.