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Restoring Safety: The Fire Damage Cleanup Process in Commercial Buildings

4/10/2023 (Permalink)

Exterior of a business with fire damage. The fire damage cleanup process in commercial buildings is a complex process that requires specialized equipment and expertise.

Commercial buildings are susceptible to fire damage, which can cause significant loss of property and business interruption. Fire damage requires specialized cleanup and restoration services to ensure that the building is safe to occupy again. In this blog, we'll discuss the fire damage cleanup process in commercial buildings and the steps involved in restoring the property to its preloss condition.

Assessing the Damage

The first step in the fire damage cleanup process is to assess the damage. A professional restoration company will conduct a thorough inspection of the building to determine the extent of the damage. This inspection will identify the areas of the building that are affected by fire, smoke, and water damage. The restoration company will also identify the source of the fire and determine the type of fire that occurred.

Removing Debris

The next step in the fire damage cleanup process is to remove all debris from the building. This includes any materials that were damaged by the fire, such as furniture, equipment, and building materials. The restoration company will use specialized equipment to remove debris from the building safely. It's important to remove all debris from the building to prevent further damage and to create a safe environment for the restoration process.

Cleaning and Sanitizing

After the debris is removed, the restoration company will begin the cleaning and sanitizing process. This involves removing smoke, soot, and water damage from the building's surfaces. The restoration company will use specialized equipment and cleaning solutions to clean and sanitize the building's walls, floors, and ceilings. This process will remove any traces of smoke and soot, which can cause health problems if left untreated.

Drying and Dehumidifying

After the cleaning and sanitizing process is complete, the restoration company will begin the drying and dehumidifying process. This process involves removing excess moisture from the building's surfaces and air. The restoration company will use specialized equipment, such as dehumidifiers and air movers, to dry the building thoroughly. This step is important to prevent mold growth and further damage to the building's structure.

Restoring the Building

After the building is dry, the restoration company will begin the process of restoring the building. This involves rebuilding damaged areas of the building, such as walls, ceilings, and floors. The restoration company will also replace damaged equipment and materials. The goal of the restoration process is to restore the building to its preloss condition, so it's safe to occupy again.

Final Inspection

Once the restoration process is complete, the restoration company will conduct a final inspection of the building. This inspection will ensure that all areas of the building are restored to their preloss condition. The restoration company will also conduct a final cleaning and sanitizing of the building to ensure that it's safe to occupy again.

The fire damage cleanup process in commercial buildings is a complex process that requires specialized equipment and expertise. It's important to hire a professional restoration company to ensure that the building is restored to its preloss condition safely. The restoration process involves assessing the damage, removing debris, cleaning and sanitizing, drying and dehumidifying, restoring the building, and conducting a final inspection. If your commercial building has experienced fire damage, contact a professional restoration company to begin the cleanup and restoration process as soon as possible.

What To Do If The Fire Sprinklers Accidentally Go Off?

3/15/2023 (Permalink)

sprinkler head If you experience a water loss after an accidental fire sprinkler accident, give SERVPRO a call today!

Fire sprinklers are an important safety feature in many buildings. They are designed to automatically detect and extinguish fires, helping to protect both people and property. However, on rare occasions, sprinkler systems can malfunction, causing the sprinklers to go off accidentally. If you find yourself in this situation, it is important to know what to do to minimize the damage and ensure your safety. In this blog post, we will discuss what steps to take if the fire sprinklers go off accidentally.

Step 1: Evacuate the Building

The first and most important step is to evacuate the building immediately. Even if the sprinklers have gone off accidentally, there may still be a fire or other hazardous conditions present. Follow the emergency evacuation procedures for the building and exit as quickly and safely as possible.

Step 2: Call the Fire Department

Once you are safely outside the building, call the fire department to report the incident. Even if there is no fire, it is important to let the professionals handle the situation. They can inspect the building to make sure there are no other hazards present and turn off the sprinkler system.

Step 3: Document the Damage

If possible, document any damage caused by the sprinklers. Take pictures or video of the affected areas and make note of any damage to furniture, electronics, or other items. This documentation may be necessary if you need to file an insurance claim.

Step 4: Contact the Building Owner or Manager

If you are a tenant in the building, contact the building owner or manager to report the incident. They will need to be aware of the situation and may need to coordinate repairs or cleanup efforts.

Step 5: Clean up the Water

Once the sprinklers have been turned off, you will need to clean up any water that has accumulated. Use a wet-dry vacuum or mop to remove as much water as possible, and set up fans or dehumidifiers to help dry out the affected areas. If you are unable to handle the cleanup yourself, contact a professional restoration company to assist you.

Step 6: Prevent Future Accidents

Finally, take steps to prevent future accidents. Have the sprinkler system inspected and serviced regularly to ensure it is functioning properly. Keep flammable materials away from sprinkler heads and make sure the system is not obstructed by furniture or other items.

In conclusion, if the fire sprinklers go off accidentally, it is important to act quickly and safely. Evacuate the building, call the fire department, document any damage, contact the building owner or manager, clean up the water, and take steps to prevent future accidents. By following these steps, you can minimize the damage and ensure the safety of everyone involved.

8 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Water Damage Restoration Company

2/20/2023 (Permalink)

roof and home fire damage If you experience fire or water damage, give SERVPRO a call for your restoration needs.

If you have water damage in your home or business, it may be tempting to hire the first company that comes along. However, as with any service, there are many factors to consider before hiring anyone. Water damage restoration companies vary widely in quality and experience. Asking the right questions can help ensure that you find the right company for your needs. Before hiring a restoration company, you should ask them these questions.

Are you licensed and insured?

When a water restoration company says they're licensed, they mean it. Licensed companies have been tested by the state and should be able to provide you with a license number that can be verified online. Ask for this information when you call around or receive quotes from several different companies, and make sure that they all have licenses.

A water damage restoration company's insurance is another important consideration. Your belongings are expensive, so make sure that your contractor has adequate coverage in case something goes wrong during the process of cleaning up after your flooded basement or broken pipe burst.

You don't want to work with someone who isn't fully licensed and insured; otherwise, if anything happens on their watch, it could cost you more money than what was originally needed for repairs!

Do you have experience?

Experience is important when it comes to hiring a water damage restoration company. The more experience they have, the more likely they are to be able to handle any situation that comes their way and the better job they will do of restoring your home or business.

Experience also shows that a company is reliable, trustworthy and credible. Successful companies have been around for many years because they produce good results, so choosing one with an established track record shows you’ll get what you pay for.

Are the technicians trained?

The technicians you hire should be highly trained in water damage cleanup and restoration. Good and trustworthy technicians should also have training in mold remediation, fire damage restoration, flood damage restoration, and storm damage restoration.

Make sure that the technicians who are going to be working on your home are certified by the IICRC (International Institute for Certification of Restoration Contractors). This certification ensures that they have been trained properly and will provide a high-quality service when they're done with your repairs.

How long have you been in business?

The length of time a company has been in business can be an indication of its reliability. Ask the potential company how long they have been in business, and if they have been in the industry for as long as you think would be appropriate based on their state's licensing requirements.

Do you work with insurance companies?

It's important to ask whether the company you're considering has experience working through the claims process with insurance companies. Ask them if they take care of the claims process for you as part of their service or if it's something that you will have to deal with yourself.

If you want a smooth process from start to finish, make sure that your water damage restoration company is licensed, and insured, and handles the claims process from start to finish so that they can handle all aspects of the mitigation and restoration process of your home or business.

Do you offer free estimates?

It is important to get an estimate before starting work in order to determine the scope of the damage and ensure that you are getting what you need. However, some companies may try to trick you by giving a high-priced estimate upfront. They might claim that they're offering a "free" estimate and then charge you for it later on.

Estimates should be based on the actual damage—not just guesses about how much it will cost or how long it will take, which could lead to higher fees than necessary. At least three things should factor into these estimates:

How much labor is required? How much equipment is required? How long will this process take?

Do you provide emergency services?

If your home or business is damaged by water, it’s not always possible for you or your family to wait all day for help. You want someone who will come out immediately when you call them about an emergency situation.

How do they handle same-day service?

There are two types of restoration companies: those who provide same-day service and those who don’t. If it's possible that your home or business could be flooded with water at any time, then you might want a company that offers this type of quick response time in case something happens. Some organizations offer on-call services as well—if this sounds like something worth looking into for your needs, make sure that whatever company provides said service is available whenever needed!

Can you provide references from customers that have used your services for water damage repair?

Asking for references can be a great way to learn more about a company and what they do, but it's important that you ask the right questions. Ideally, you should ask for references from previous customers who have used their services. If they're unwilling to provide any, that could be a bad sign. However, if they do provide them or if you know someone who has used their services before and had a positive experience with them, it can give you peace of mind when deciding on which company to hire.

Asking these questions will help ensure that you choose the right water damage removal company.

Remember, water damage restoration is an important process that needs to be handled correctly from start to finish. While it may seem like a lot of questions, these are all important things to consider when hiring a water damage restoration company. Asking these questions will help ensure that you choose the right water damage removal company.

How to Create a Fire Escape Plan For Your Business

12/12/2022 (Permalink)

Emergency exit - fire in the building Having a fire escape plan in place can help you to prevent fires.

Creating a Fire Escape Plan for Your Business

Fire safety is an important part of running a business and having a fire escape plan in place can help you to prevent fires and reduce the impact if one does occur. By following these steps, your business will be able to create a fire escape plan that meets legal requirements and keeps people safe in the event of an emergency.

Know the Layout of Your Building

The first step to creating a fire escape plan is to know the layout of your building. For example, do you know where your fire extinguishers are located? Do you know how to use them in case of an emergency? Are there any other safety measures in place, such as sprinklers or alarms, that would help alert you if a fire broke out? Knowing these details can help guide your evacuation route and prepare you for what may come.

Practice Your Evacuation Plan Regularly

Talk through potential emergencies with employees. You should have a meeting with all of your employees. At this meeting, discuss what to do if there is a fire and what everyone needs to do if they are trapped in a room. Make sure that everyone knows how to use the available fire extinguishers, too.

You should practice your fire escape plan at least twice a year, and more often if your business requires it. If you are required by law to have a fire drill, you'll need to make sure all employees know what's expected of them during the drill. You may also want to consider conducting drills with more than one employee present, so they can all practice working together in an emergency situation.

If you don't have any legal requirements for fire drills, but still want to conduct them more frequently than twice a year (as we strongly recommend), ensure that everyone knows why they're taking part in these exercises and how they can help avoid putting themselves or others at risk when an actual emergency occurs.

Take Note of Fire Hazards

It's important to keep an eye out for fire hazards. Fire hazards include combustible materials—wood, paper, plastics, and fabrics—as well as electrical equipment like extension cords, lighting fixtures and outlets. Heating appliances such as space heaters, steam irons and coffee pots are also potential sources of fire.

Fire hazards can be prevented by using the right type of material or equipment in your business. For example:

  • Use fire-resistant materials instead of those that are flammable
  • Check to see if your wall outlets are properly grounded before plugging electrical devices into them. If they're not properly grounded, they could cause sparking that could result in a fire or shock hazard when plugged into an outlet with a faulty ground connection.

Make the Plan Easily Accessible

Post evacuation routes and floor plans where they can be seen. Make sure that emergency evacuation plans are posted in visible places and clearly marked so that everyone knows how to get out of the building. This includes posting an up-to-date version of your emergency procedures, which should include instructions on what to do in an emergency, where all exits are located, how to find a fire extinguisher if one is needed, etc.

Share information with employees regularly--not just when there's an incident! While it's true that businesses should train their workers on what steps they need to take during an actual incident (such as when someone passes out from smoke inhalation), it's also wise for employers to share this information with employees regularly. 

Keep fire extinguishers on-site and know how to use them

Fire extinguishers are your first line of defense in the event of a fire. They should be kept on hand and easily accessible at all times. If you have multiple exits, make sure there is an extinguisher near each one.

If you have more than one type of fire extinguisher on-site, know how to use them. 

Class A fires involve paper products, such as books or cardboard boxes. Use water or dry chemical to put out these fires.

Class B fires involve flammable liquids like gasoline or solvents that are stored in their containers for immediate use. Use water or foam to put out these fires (foam will expand over time so it's ideal for this situation). It's important not to let the fumes from Class Bs build up too much before extinguishing them; otherwise they can explode!

Class C fires involve electrical equipment such as televisions and computers—and believe us when we say that no one wants those things exploding in their office space! When dealing with this type of burn hazard, unplug any nearby equipment immediately (if possible) and then turn off power at its source if there isn't an easy way around doing so without touching exposed wires directly yourself first; once all electricity has been cut off safely without risk involved then proceed with using foam instead because it won't conduct electricity like water would do so quickly put out those flames before they spread further throughout your workspace environment where they might damage other objects nearby.

In summary, fire safety is of paramount importance. As a business owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your employees are safe and prepared in the event of an emergency. By following this guide and creating a fire escape plan with your team today, you can ensure greater peace of mind tomorrow.

Content Cleaning After a Water Loss

11/7/2022 (Permalink)

Fan beside a counter Fans are another option for drying out your home after a flood.

How To Clean Up After a Water Loss 

The aftermath of a water loss can be devastating. You might not know where to start, but don’t worry, we’re here to help! If you need professional help in cleaning and restoring your Loveland, CO home after an unexpected flood or burst pipe, our team of restoration experts is ready for the call. In this blog post, we’ll cover how to clean up after a water loss and some steps you can take before calling a professional.

Separate Items

The first step in the process is to separate damaged items from non-damaged ones. Damaged items should be placed in a pile for further cleaning and drying, while non-damaged ones can be returned to their proper places.

If you do not know whether an item is damaged, use the "five-foot rule": if you can't tell whether something is damaged when it is five feet away, then it's probably safe to assume that it is not damaged by the flood water itself.

Contact Insurance

When you contact your insurance company, ask how the damage should be cleaned up. Your policy might require that you contract a professional to clean up the water and dry out your home before filing a claim. If you are unsure of what is covered in your policy, call or email your agent or company representative and ask them directly if they will cover any of the costs associated with cleaning up after a flood.

Drying Takes Time

It is important to understand that the drying process takes time. The amount of time it takes depends on many factors, including:

  • How much water was in the building before you came in
  • How quickly you get rid of the water
  • How humid and cold it was outside during and after your clean up

Cleaning and Sanitizing

Clean and sanitize the area. Use a disinfectant or cleaning solution to remove dirt, dust, and other debris from the area. After you're done using a disinfectant, rinse it off with water and wipe down the area with a clean cloth to dry it completely.

Dry the area completely. Dehumidifiers can help speed up this process by pulling moisture out of the air (but don't use them if they get too hot!). Fans are another option for drying out your home after a flood; just be sure not to use them in an enclosed space like an attic or crawlspace since they could spread mold spores throughout your house.

Check for mold and mildew growth and treat accordingly!

Call SERVPRO of Loveland

After a water loss, you should call in the professionals at SERVPRO to help you mitigate and restore your home or business. There are several reasons why this is so important:

  • You could make the situation worse by trying to clean up the mess yourself.
  • Vacuuming can spread water damage, so it's not recommended.
  • A wet/dry vacuum could also spread contamination because they have no filters that trap dirt and debris as regular vacuums do.
  • Hair dryers shouldn't be used either because they use heat that could cause damage to your belongings.

If you have experienced a water loss, SERVPRO of Loveland can help. SERVPRO of Loveland has the equipment and expertise to respond quickly and thoroughly clean your property after water damage.

SERVPRO of Loveland professional cleaners remove mold and mildew from your home or business. They will also ensure that any structural repairs are done by professionals, such as a drywall contractor or electrician. The team at SERVPRO of Loveland understands that the effects of water damage can be devastating for families, so they try their best to mitigate the impact on your life as much as possible by providing assistance through insurance companies and helping in any way possible until everything is back to normal again.

There are many factors to consider when trying to restore your home after a water loss. The most important thing is that you work with an experienced restoration company that understands your needs. They will be able to help you restore your belongings, clean up the damage and make sure everything goes back together in exactly the right way so you can get back on track quickly.

Fire Prevention Tips for Businesses

10/5/2022 (Permalink)

Man installing a smoke alarm Install and regularly inspect your smoke detectors.

Keep Your Business Safe

In the event of a fire, it's important to be prepared. Here are some simple things you can do to keep your business safe:

1. Install and regularly inspect smoke detectors.

To have a functioning smoke detector in every room, hallway and stairwell, install them on the ceiling or wall 5 to 7 feet above the floor. Test your smoke detectors monthly by pushing the test button. Replace batteries annually and replace the smoke detector every 10 years (or sooner if they don't work properly).

If there's ever an issue with your smoke detectors, take action immediately by contacting a professional or replacing them altogether.

2. Keep and regularly test your fire extinguishers.

It is important to regularly test your fire extinguisher. Most fire extinguishers should be tested once a month and replaced after 10 years, but you should consult with the manufacturer to see what their specific recommendations are. Each time you test the fire extinguisher, follow these steps:

  • Check that the pressure gauge reads between 40-60 PSI (pounds per square inch). If it doesn't then replace it immediately.
  • Pull out the safety pin (if there is one).
  • Pull out the handle while holding down on top of the canister so no air escapes until foam sprays out of all nozzles at least 1 second later. Wait 30 seconds before re-pressurizing with air or nitrogen gas if there is an onboard valve available for this purpose; otherwise hold down on top of the canister again until foam comes out again and release pressure slowly after waiting 30 seconds again even if not re-pressurizing (this step does not apply to CO2 based systems).

3. Schedule fire drills with your employees.

Schedule fire drills with your employees. It’s important to have an emergency plan in place and refresh it every six months. Fire drills should be timed to coincide with business hours, so everyone can participate if they need to evacuate. The best way to ensure that all staff members are able to participate is by holding fire drills at off-peak times, such as early morning or late evening when most people are not present. This will also minimize any disruption of your customer's/patients' experiences at your organization.

Another key element of a successful drill is making sure that your staff knows where the exits are located and how far away they are from each other.

4. Maintain an evacuation map in an easily accessible place (near the front door).

The map should include escape routes and the nearest fire extinguishers. It should also be updated regularly to reflect changes to your business and employees’ routines. Keep in mind that if you have more than one floor, you may need to use alternative escape routes if your primary way out is blocked by fire or smoke.

5. Keep emergency numbers on hand.

Write down the numbers of your local fire department and your local police department. Keep the list on hand, in a place where you can easily access it if needed. If you're out of town, keep this list with you so that anyone who needs to report a fire or call for help can do so without having to look up numbers online.

If you take these steps, you can protect your business and your employees from fire. Many of the tips we’ve discussed here help keep your employees safe, but they also make it easier for them to help you in an emergency. By keeping fire extinguishers in good condition and testing them regularly, for example, everyone will be familiar with where they are located should there ever be an emergency. In addition to having an evacuation map available near the front door of your building (along with other important info like emergency numbers), it’s also important for employees to know how to use them properly so that their efforts don’t end up doing more harm than good.

Protect Your Building's Wood Flooring From Water Damage

8/30/2022 (Permalink)

wall  and wooden floor suffered water and mold damage Water damage in Loveland, CO

After you've spent a lot of money installing new flooring in the office area of your building, you want to protect it from damage caused by a pipe burst or other water troubles. While you can't eliminate every potential problem, there are some proactive plans that will mitigate the risks.

Tips to Protect Your Office's Wood Flooring

Water is the number one enemy of wood. If the spill is small, you may be able to tackle the problem yourself. If there is flooding, however, you should call a water damage restoration service right away to assess the damage and develop a restoration plan. Listed below are some tips to protect your wood floor from water damage.

Never leave wet materials on the flooring. Wet shoes and clothing can quickly leave a white stain that is hard to remove. If the flooring gets wet, blot up the water immediately with a clean rag or dry towel. After that, place a fan directly on the area to ensure it completely dries.
Inspect the plumbing frequently. A small leak can turn into a pipe burst, so it's critical to look for any signs of wear or small cracks on a routine basis. Add this check to your maintenance staff's inspection checklist.
Protect your flooring from outside influences. During the humid summer months in Loveland, CO, you are more likely to have a wet floor in your building. Installing a dehumidifier, along with using the air conditioning, will keep moisture out of the air.

Suggestions for Cleaning Hardwood Floors
Before using a cleaner on your floors, vacuum the area thoroughly to remove all dust and dirt. Make sure to use a high-quality cleaning product that is specifically designed for hardwood floors, and follow the directions on the bottle carefully.
Reduce the risk of water damage from a pipe burst or other water event by implementing some simple procedures.

Top 5 FAQs About Mold

8/30/2022 (Permalink)

Background of mold growth of different colors, white, brown and green Black mold might be a common residential issue, but that doesn't mean you still shouldn't take it seriously.

Five Most Common Mold Questions

Black mold and other types of residential fungi are extremely common issues that many homeowners must face at some point. Even so, many homeowners know very little about resolving a mold issue. If your home in Loveland, CO, is suffering from a mold problem, consider studying the following frequently asked questions regarding mold.

1. What Causes Mold Growth?

Mold thrives in dark, damp environments and is most likely the result of a moisture problem in your home.

2. Where Does Mold Usually Grow?

Any area in your home that comes into frequent contact with water is likely to experience mold growth. This includes your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, basement and garage.

3. Does Mold Go Away By Itself?

Black mold is a living organism, so it's natural to assume that it could die off on its own if deprived of its vital nutrients. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. Depriving mold of moisture and nutrients may temporarily prevent it from spreading, but it will not make it go away.

4. Are There Any Effective Home Remedies?

Contacting professionals is always the recommended course of action, but you might be able to resolve small issues using DIY mold cleanup methods. An equal parts mixture of white vinegar and water is usually effective in cleaning surface mold.

5. How Can You Prevent Mold?

Keeping your home as clean and dry as possible is the best way to prevent unwanted mold growth. This involves cleaning and drying any spills immediately after they occur, properly ventilating your bathroom while showering or bathing and carefully monitoring indoor humidity levels. Performing routine mold inspections can also help you stay on top of any potential issues.

Black mold might be a common residential issue, but that doesn't mean you still shouldn't take it seriously. If you discover any mold growth during your next routine mold inspection, you need to contact mold remediation experts at SERVPRO as soon as possible.

Heavy Smoke Damage Remediation Is Only Effective When Handled Professionally

8/30/2022 (Permalink)

White smoke on black background SERVPRO of Loveland is your local specialist in fire and smoke remediation.

Heavy Smoke Damage Remediation Is Only Successful When Done Professionally

One of the most difficult parts of a fire cleanup is a full-scale smoke cleaning throughout a home. Smoke is insidious – it gets into every nook and cranny, coating everything it touches with a nasty, oily residue.

A small fire, like when a candle touches a tablecloth and is put out quickly, probably can be handled by the homeowner. A little baking soda in water will strip away the light film.

However, once the damage has spread beyond a single room – or if it’s heavy in that room – you’ll need professional equipment for a quality smoke cleaning. Residential fires produce toxic materials in the smoke, including from items such as

  • Plastics
  • Electronics
  • Treated wood
  • Foam and bedding
  • Synthetic fibers

A Royal Mess

Smoke from a house fire is disgusting. Humans may have a small amount of resistance to natural wood smoke, having lived around it for as many as 1 million years. But modern houses use a wide variety of chemicals and building materials that we’re not used to. Additionally, inside every house is a huge variety of personal property, and all will leach some toxins into the air while burning.

Cleanup of the Smoke Odor Is Tricky

Soot is caused by incomplete combustion of a material. Oily residue is also produced, combining with the soot to produce a sticky, abrasive goo. It latches on to everything, but porous material is especially tenacious.

There is no effective way a homeowner can clean up this level of smoke damage. It requires professional techniques and specialized equipment, including

  • Air filtration devices
  • Thermal foggers
  • Ozone machines
  • Industrial solvents

TSP used to be the leading way to perform a smoke cleaning, but real TSP is no longer available, and the substitute isn’t up to professional standards. Your local experts in smoke remediation use sanitizers recommended by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification to strip away the stench and absorb toxic soot. The damage is usually covered by insurance, and the restoration company will work with you and your insurance agent to ensure your home is returned to its former condition.

4 Tips To Avoid Fires While Grilling

7/30/2022 (Permalink)

Barbecue grill with fire on nature, outdoor, close up A grill fire can ruin more than your cookout

Stay Safe When Using Your Grill

Most people in Loveland, CO, enjoy getting together for a cookout: It’s hard to beat the smell of meat cooking on the grill. Nothing ruins a backyard barbeque faster than a grill fire. These four tips will help you stay safe when using your grill.

1. Use Proper Grill Placement
Only use gas or charcoal grills outdoors, never in the garage, in an enclosed patio, or under a cloth awning. Place the grill at least four feet away from the house, fence, and other structures. Check for any low-hanging tree limbs or branches overhead. Be sure the grill is level and stable.

2. Watch for Flare-Ups
Keeping a close eye on the grill while food is cooking is important to make sure you don’t ruin your food, but it can also help you prevent a barbeque fire. Flare-ups can get out of hand quickly, and an unattended grill is a tempting target for children and pets.

3. Keep Your Grill Clean
Cooking on a dirty grill increases your risk of a grill fire. The fat and grease in your grill’s drip tray or grease cup can easily ignite. This kind of grease fire is notoriously difficult to put out and can cause serious smoke damage to your house and surrounding areas. After cooking, wait for the grill to cool, and then clean the grates and drip the pan.

4. Be Prepared
Fire safety experts report that most people who cook on a grill do not keep anything nearby to extinguish potential grill-related fires. Always keep some baking soda on hand to smother a grease fire and have a fire extinguisher nearby that you can access quickly if necessary. Never use water on a grease fire!
A grill fire can ruin more than your cookout. Smoke damage to your home could require lengthy fire restoration work. Worse, grill-related fires can easily become structure fires. Follow these tips to stay safe when using your grill.