Memorial Day is a day to remember all those who have lost their lives while serving the United States. It’s also the unofficial start of summer and of course, grilling season in the La Crosse, Wisconsin area.

But, while you fire up the grill and cook up those hot dogs and hamburgers with friends and family, ServiceMaster Disaster Restoration Services wants to remind you to light up those grills with caution to prevent costly fire damages and fire damage restoration to your property with a few helpful tips.

  • Make sure to keep the grill a good distance away from your home and any other structures to prevent fires. It also a good idea to make sure that your grill is not going to tip over and that it’s stable before firing it up.
  • Never leave the grill unsupervised when in use.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill. Create a 3′ “safe zone” around the grilling area.
  • NEVER use gasoline on charcoal grills! Make sure to only use appropriate charcoal starter fluids and never add fuel after the coals have been lit.
  • For gas grills make sure all connections are securely fastened and that there are no leaks. You can apply soapy water to the hoses to check for leaks.
  • Always make sure your grill is clean inside and out prior to firing it up to prevent fires. A mixture of grease and fire can cause a major explosion or a hefty fire. Keep it clean!
  • Make sure to always keep a fire extinguisher near by for grease fires. These can happen anywhere at anytime when cooking. It’s always a good idea to keep one at the grill and in the kitchen.
  • Wear appropriate clothing when cooking out on the grill. Loose fitting clothing can dangle into the grill and catch fire causing severe burns. Wear close fitting clothing and keep sleeves rolled back.
  • Always follow the manufacture instructions and if the grill is in need of repairs make sure it’s done by a professional.
  • As always remember that propane and charcoal grills are ONLY to be used outdoors. If used inside, or in any enclosed space such as tents, they can pose a serious fire hazard and possible exposure to toxic gases and potential asphyxiation.

For further grilling and general safety tips for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, visit the Red Cross website for further information.

Fires happen everyday and can be extremely devastating to your family, home, and your property. If the unexpected should happen and you need assistance with fire damage clean up and fire restoration services. ServiceMaster Disaster Restoration Services has crews available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to make sure your property is handled efficiently and professionally after a fire loss.

You can contact us anytime by calling (608)783-6199 in La Crosse or (507)457-3003 in Winona.

We hope you have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend!