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Fourth of July Fire Safety Tips

7/3/2020 (Permalink)

The fourth is coming up, and while your plans have probably changed due to social distancing,
you still might set up a grill, bonfire, or other outdoor activities for the occasion. While it is good
to relax and have fun, you should follow a few general safety tips to avoid disaster. Injury and
damage from fire-related hazards are incredibly common on the fourth. According to the
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), about 9,600 home grill fires occur per year, with
the highest volume of reports happening in July. At SERVPRO, we want you to have a fun, safe
experience, and we think that these guidelines can help do that.
The NFPA recommends the following:
- A grill should be placed far away from your home, deck, and any foliage or branches.
Similarly, it should be a safe distance from anywhere people are moving about -this
includes lawn games, children, and pets. They suggest making a three-foot “kid-free
zone” around the grill.
- Keep your grill clean. Fat and grease buildup in the grates and trays can lead to
dangerous flare-ups.
- Never leave the grill unattended
You should follow similar rules for bonfires too. Keep them controlled, clean, and carefully
watched. Also make sure to have a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergency.
If you have any questions, or if you have fire damage that needs to be restored, give us a call at
SERVPRO of Northbrook / Wheeling / Glencoe, (847) 498-8889. We have the expertise and
experience to remove odors, effectively clean soot, and clear up any damage that might be
caused by fire.

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