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Standing Water in Your Business | SERVPRO of Houston County

12/1/2023 (Permalink)

concrete floor tiling with large cracks and water on it Has water damage infiltrated your business? Give SERVPRO of Houston County a call to get that resolved!

The day has begun and you head into your building—only to be overwhelmed with a musty, damp odor lingering in the air. As your panic rises, you begin to consider all the places a leak may have sprung.

This is not a great way to start your day, but picture walking through the door and ending up standing in an inch of water. Now you are living in a nightmare!

Whether a natural disaster strikes or your plumbing fails, the faster you can take on standing water in your business, the less damage you will have. Get to know what to do when a flood happens in your building so that you can get back to work.

<h3step-at-a-time">One Step at a Time

Even when a flood or storm with heavy rains is predicted and you did what you could to prepare your building, finding your property flooded can be really overwhelming. Give yourself some grace and take a deep breath.

With a few simple steps, you can start the recovery process fast and prevent deep damage or the potential spread of mold.

1. Stay safe. Safety should be your top priority when it comes to any kind of disaster. Find a dry spot to take a better look at what is going on, and call SERVPRO® immediately. No matter what time of day it is, we can start your restoration process over the phone and get a crew to your property fast. While you wait, take as many photos as possible.

2. Limit the disaster. The faster you can locate the source of the water, the faster you can stop potential damage. This is also helpful for better understanding exactly what kind of water you are dealing with. If water is still flowing, try to turn it off at the source. If the water is coming from an internal source but you can’t find the exact one, use the main water shut-off to cut the flow to the whole building.

3. Dry things out. Floodwaters, even when they come from a clean source, can become contaminated as they mix with other substances. The more you can stay out of the water, the better. Try to open windows or find other ways to increase the air flow and ventilation to the flooded space. Remove any wet items you can or any items that might be in the water’s path as things progress.

<h3with-the-pros">Work With the Pros

When our team gets there, they will immediately start removing water and drying out your belongings. At the same time, they will assess your property and let you know what recovery is going to take. We also work directly with your insurance agency to ensure the whole process is as smooth as possible.

While your recovery is progressing, you can turn your attention to getting everyone back to work. Our team will let you know if part of your building is still safe to function out of, and close off the area needing restoration so that you can keep business going.

As your team gets back to work, our team will continue getting everything dried out. It is always our goal to put everything back together exactly as it was, restoring as much of your property as possible. We will work hand in hand with you on every decision that has to be made so that you know exactly what is happening every step of the way.

Don’t let a flooded building throw you for a loop. Move quickly, and call SERVPRO right away. We will have you back to work in no time.

Do you need repairs after a water disaster in your commercial building? Contact us to get dried out quickly.

Damage and Your Home | SERVPRO of Houston County

11/17/2023 (Permalink)

residential home with roof destroyed and debris falling down If you discover damage in your residence, call SERVPRO of Houston County right away.

Every day, your home faces a number of threats that could leave it damaged. Severe storms, fires or even just aging structural beams are all disasters that could happen at any moment. There is even the threat of the neighbor who loves to impress his kids with how far he can throw…and leaves your window broken and you on the phone with your insurance company.

There may be risks, but we can’t spend all of our time worrying about them. Instead, we can prepare for them so that our homes are as safe as possible. We can’t predict everything that will happen, but when we are ready for anything, extreme losses can usually be avoided.

To get prepared, we have to first make sure we understand just how our homes can be affected by some of the biggest risks. The more you know about what it is you may face, the less scary risks will become and the easier the recovery process will be. With SERVPRO® of Houston County right around the corner, you can rest assured that your restoration process can happen fast.

The Biggest Risks

Georgia is a beautiful place to live, with fairly moderate temperatures and plenty of green spaces. We all know too well, though, that the weather in Warner Robins and surrounding areas can be a mixed bag. Tornadoes are a very real possibility in the warmer months—we even saw 18 in one day in 2022. Thunderstorms, heavy rains and even the occasional freeze also can’t be ruled out.

With so much volatile weather often a possibility in our forecast, there are lots of threats we need to be prepared for. The most common ways your home might be damaged are water damage, roof damage and fires.

We might be landlocked in this part of Georgia, but heavy rains still leave our roofs vulnerable to leaks and plumbing failures can quickly flood the insides of our homes. Our roofs are also at risk from strong winds during thunderstorms, tornadoes or even the lingering tropical storm pushing in from the coast. Fires can also start internally or externally, although most house fires are the result of manmade error.

Compounding Damages

We know from seeing the tornado damage around us over the years how traumatic living through a disaster can be. We also know that one kind of damage often leads to another. Flooding rains can leave your basement full of water and most of your property wet, which can then allow mold to form and rapidly spread to your foundation.

Fire will burn everything near it, but smoke and soot can travel well beyond where the flames were, leaving walls blackened and your entire house with an odor. On top of that, the water or chemicals used to put out the fire can leave your home with additional damage.

Regardless of what kind of disaster your home experienced, recovery is completely possible step by step. The SERVPRO team is trained in a multitude of situations, which means we are ready to handle every single part of your restoration. We have experience in water, fire, wind, mold and even construction. No matter what has happened, we can put your home back together again.

After a flood occurs in your home, our first step will be to get everything dry. We will also start making sure everything is structurally sound and tackle mold growth. This might mean we need to replace parts of your foundation or a roof beam, or it could mean sanitizing and removing odors.

When a fire disaster strikes your home, we will tackle removing the most burned areas first. We will also seal your home from the elements while the rest of your recovery proceeds. Our crew will address every room to ensure smoke, soot and odors are gone. Depending on how bad the damages were, we can tear down and rebuild rooms so that your home is your home again.

SERVPRO is the total package. We work directly with your insurance and coordinate any other contractors that are needed to put everything back together. Our team’s goal is to make the process simple and get you back home quickly.

Does your home need restoration and you don’t want to make more than one call? Contact us to get everything handled by one team.

Why You Should Create an Emergency Plan | SERVPRO of Houston County

11/17/2023 (Permalink)

clip board with a disaster preparedness checklist and emergency supplies in the background Are you prepared for disaster? SERVPRO of Houston County is here for you when disaster strikes!

Natural disasters have been on the rise over the years. According to recent statistics, not only are they occurring more often in more places, but they are also getting stronger. That means more damage, more often.

Statistics might be helpful for getting a numerical view of things, but they don’t always mean something will happen to your business, right? Even if you never see a damaging natural disaster at your place of work, though, manmade disasters are always a possibility everywhere.

Maybe you aren’t excited to think through all the potential risks your business could face, but staying ahead of things that could interrupt your workflow is important. When you are prepared, you can move forward without fear of losses.

The Importance of a Plan

With the instances of natural disasters continuing to grow every year, forming a plan can go a long way in saving lives and preventing extensive damage. Getting to know your risks better can help you take action before they happen, which means you can stay better protected from potential flooding, severe weather or fires.

Not only do both natural and manmade disasters leave behind physical damage, but they can also be one of the most financially challenging situations your business will ever have to walk through. When you have a plan, you can make sure your team is safe and your finances are, too.

A plan can also mean you get back to work as soon as it is safe to do so after a disaster. Many businesses that are forced to close because of damage never reopen. Creating a plan means you and your employees will know exactly what to do and you won’t miss a minute of work.

An Emergency Ready Plan

If you are wondering where to begin, start with a call to SERVPRO®. Our Emergency Ready Plan is the perfect business solution to get you through any possible disaster. With a plan curated exactly to your needs, you can stay safe and protected even before anything ever happens.

To get started, our team will provide a free assessment of your business. We will address every potential situation you might face and create actions to get through all of them. Our experienced crew will walk you through everything you need to do before, during and after a disaster strikes.

When a storm or other potential disaster is predicted, you can take steps to prevent losses. You may need staff members assigned to secure paperwork and prepare electronics, or your work ahead of a disaster might require getting your building ready to avoid damage. Whatever your needs are, you won’t have to rush through getting directions out—with a plan in place, everyone will know what to do as soon as you say “go.”

The Emergency Ready Plan will also include a solid communication plan. A chain of command will be created to ensure your team knows who they can expect to get instructions from, as well as who to report to throughout the event. Once it is safe to do so, our team will head to your property in order to start restoring damage while you resume operations, whether on site, remotely or at an alternate location.

Your emergency plan should be a complete package in order to best meet your needs—and that is exactly what the Emergency Ready Plan is. We make sure your business avoids financial losses and your employees stay safe. You not only get a complete plan to get through anything, but you also get our experienced team and 247 availability. It’s our goal to restore your property fast so you can keep your business going.

Ready to create your Emergency Ready Plan for your business? Contact us for your free assessment to start the plan you need.

Fire-Free All Holiday Season | SERVPRO of Houston County

11/17/2023 (Permalink)

pan on kitchen counter in residence ablaze while unattended Fire damage in your home? Not for long with SERVPRO of Houston County on the case!

The holiday season has returned, and no matter how you celebrate or when you celebrate, there is bound to be some pretty good food during this time of year. If you are the main chef when it comes to making all the classic family dishes, you’ll need to ensure you are cooking safely to prevent a potential fire.

House fires increase during the holiday season every year, and a good number of them start in the kitchen. That doesn’t mean you should ditch all the old recipes and order a deli platter, instead with a few extra precautions, you can serve the meal you want while enjoying a safe home.

Reducing Flammable Materials in the Kitchen

When you head into the kitchen to start preparing the meal, take a few steps to prepare your space as well. Kitchen fires often move faster because of clutter.

Keep pot holders, wooden cooking utensils, towels and holiday decorations away from any sources of heat. A single oil bubble or a quick spark can catch material on fire and start a spread of flames throughout your kitchen.

Think about what you are wearing as well. Skip the fun apron with the dangling strings and opt for clothes that are slightly tight-fitting without a lot of frills. Loose fabric, hanging decoration and even long sleeves can present a fire hazard while you cook.

Keep a Close Eye on Food

It is always a good idea to stay close by any time you cook. Whether you are baking, boiling or grilling, a fire can start in a matter of seconds and spread just as fast. Stay in the kitchen so that you can take fast action to put out any flames should they spark.

If you are planning on frying a turkey for one of your celebrations, take a few extra steps to keep everything safe. Make sure the kids and your pets know to stay away while the fryer is on, and follow any safety guidelines laid out by the manufacturer.

Put your fryer on a level surface, and avoid putting too much oil in. Make sure your turkey is completely thawed—even a partially frozen turkey will cause the oil to splatter and pop, creating a burn and fire risk.

Install Protective Measures

Fires may not be totally preventable, but the more you do to stay safe, the lower your risks will be. Make sure your home has plenty of protective measures in place as well.

There should be a smoke detector on every level of your home, including one either in your kitchen or very near it. Get into the habit of checking smoke detector batteries monthly, but also check the one near the kitchen right before your day of cooking for the season.

A small fire extinguisher is another helpful piece of equipment to keep near the kitchen. It should be somewhere you can grab in a hurry, and make sure a few of your family members know how to properly use it. Be sure to keep pot and pan lids at arms’ reach as well so that you can smother any grease fires that might pop up.

Make your home as safe as it is cozy this season. If you do experience a fire of any size, call us. We are available around the clock to handle your damage quickly. We will get your home put back together so that you can get back to enjoying the magic of the season.

House fires can happen in the blink of an eye. Contact us for a quick restoration day or night!

How to Handle Strong Winter Storms | SERVPRO of Houston County

11/17/2023 (Permalink)

residential driveway covered in ice with icicles hanging down from the vehicle parked there The winter season is almost upon us! SERVPRO of Houston County has your back with these helpful tips.

Winter in Georgia can be a daily adventure. For most of the season we can anticipate mild temperatures, gray skies and rain. While snow is pretty rare, it can’t be ruled out—and neither can ice.

Whatever each day brings, the more we are prepared for the season we are, the safer we can stay. If we get our home and family ready for anything, we can avoid disasters.

Preparing Your Home

When a winter storm is headed our way, you need to prepare ahead of time so that you stay indoors as the worst of it blows through. Intense rain and freezing temperatures can make incredibly dangerous driving situations that you want to avoid.

Check on what emergency supplies you have around your home, and if you don’t already have one, invest in a weather radio. Winter weather can knock out power quickly and for the long-term. Gathering up supplies is crucial for staying safe and warm.

Put together an emergency kit that includes batteries, flashlights and basic first-aid supplies. If you have a fireplace, make sure you have plenty of wood or that your pilot light is on and ready. Gather up your blankets and sleeping bags—this might be the perfect time for a family slumber party.

Update your contact list as well, and consider where you might stay if things get really cold. Talk with your family and friends about the best way to keep everyone safe. Warming centers often open at the Salvation Army if you need a place to go during the day.

Taking Care of Your Home After the Storm

Once things have settled down outside, take some time to look over your house and check for damage. Even if you don’t see anything right away, there are a few things you will want to do to ensure your home stays safe.

Inspect your roof for potential wind damage or debris buildup. If the temps stay low enough, ice could form at the corners of your roof and leave your gutters blocked. Make sure water can run cleanly through and remove any leaves or limbs.

Walk around your yard and the perimeter of your home as well. Clean up any debris that has blown around, paying special attention to the exits of your gutter downspouts to ensure they are clear. Look over your siding and the rest of your gutter system as well to make sure everything is still connected and nothing is out of place. Remove debris from around your HVAC units and external vents on your home to prevent life risking carbon monoxide buildup inside.

How We Can Help

If you do find damage after or even experience damage in the midst of a winter storm, call us right away. We are available around the clock and will start getting your information together in order to send a team to your house. Once they arrive, they can fully assess the situation and let you know exactly what restoration will entail.

We make it our goal to get your home back to exactly as it was before the storm quickly and efficiently. Our professionals will make your restoration process as simple as possible so that you can get outside and enjoy whatever the winter season brings.

Our team is always ready for anything! Contact us at SERVPRO® of Houston County for a quick restoration after suffering damage from a winter storm.

What to Do When Your Home Is Damaged in a Storm | SERVPRO of Houston County

9/18/2023 (Permalink)

Dramatic night shot of a home with visible roof damage from a recently storm and fallen debris Summer storms affecting your property? Call SERVPRO of Houston County to restore your space in no time!

Even if you had time to prepare for it, a storm might blow in and leave you completely overwhelmed. A thunderstorm can have more strength in speed than you thought possible and create more destruction than you have ever imagined.

Central Georgia has had a history of pretty severe storms. Thunderstorms are common throughout the year, but spring and summer bring us heavy rain, flash floods and tornadoes. We also see the remnants of tropical storms and hurricanes that blow into the Georgia coast.

Preparing your family and your home ahead of time can help mitigate damages, but it won’t stop everything. If you do find yourself riding out a storm only to later find your home has taken a hit, what do you do next?

Always make safety a top priority, even after the storm is long gone. Grab some shoes and calm your breathing before heading out to take a look at everything that has happened. Safely taking some steps after a storm has damaged your home can help ensure a quick recovery.

Immediately After the Storm

Once the initial threat of the storm has passed, you and your family need to continue to stay vigilant for lingering lightning, heavy rains or even another round of severe danger. Don’t turn your weather radio off, and keep a clear path back to your safe sheltering location so you can move quickly if another warning is issued.

As the dust continues to settle, start reaching out to your loved ones. Going over how you will communicate before a disaster strikes is crucial so that everyone knows what to expect. If cell service isn’t available, text messaging may still work.

If you are able to safely get out, go check on those around you next. Don’t go into damaged buildings or homes, but instead, try to find a safe way out for anyone that needs it. Clear roadways as you are able in order to allow for emergency personnel to come in.

Once you have ensured your loved ones and neighbors are safe, start taking some pictures of your own damage, and call SERVPRO® of Houston County. Our phone lines are open around the clock, which means your recovery can start right away no matter what time of day it is.

As More Time Passes

The work that lies ahead of you will become more clear as time passes, but even in the hours, days and weeks following a disaster, you need to stay cautious. Watch for hazards you could step on like nails, and keep a device charged in order to receive weather alerts ahead of more storms.

One of the first tasks that should be tackled after a disaster is taking steps to prevent additional damages. Our SERVPRO crew of experts will immediately work to seal off your home, tarping your roof or closing off broken windows as needed. We will also get rid of standing water and start drying out anything in your home that may have gotten wet.

Our team will work directly with your insurance company so that you don’t have to worry about struggling through a claim. At this point, as the damage to your home is fully assessed, you may need to consider relocating your family temporarily while work is completed.

As you journey through your recovery process, staying calm will help things stay smooth. It can be devastating to see your home damaged after living through severe weather, but when you have a trusted team at your home, things will be back to normal fast.

If a storm leaves your home damaged, contact us for fast recovery. We’re here 247 when you need us.

When the Rain Comes | SERVPRO of Houston County

9/18/2023 (Permalink)

image of a large body of water during a rain storm with ripples caused by the heavy downpour Water damage in your home? Not for long with SERVPRO of Houston County on the case!

Rain can be a sweet gift throughout the year. Cooling the temps in the summer, bringing in the fall vibes of autumn or ushering in the cold chill of winter. But rain can also create a huge mess when it falls fast and hard.

When rain plagues our homes for days or an intense shower blows in, it can leave our roofs leaking and our foundation soggy. Flooding can cause massive amounts of damage, and flash flooding can happen so quickly that entire roadways can be washed out right before your eyes.

The good news is that SERVPRO® of Houston County is right around the corner, ready to help when things do get out of control. Our crew also wants to make sure you stay safe with a few prevention tips that can help mitigate disasters.

Hazards of Intense Rain

While Georgia weather can be a pretty mixed bag, central Georgia tends to be slightly more mild than the rest of the state. Even still, we see thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding throughout the year.

The spring and summer are especially brutal months for extreme weather, when a heavy rain can cause flash flooding that leaves roads covered in water and washes away loose items from yards. Heavy rains also hit regularly during the fall, leaving gutters overflowing and roofs leaking.

You can’t control Mother Nature, but you can do your best to get prepared for everything she brings. It’s crucial to keep a close eye on local weather reports throughout the year and create a plan of action for your family when flooding strikes.

Staying Safe

When it comes to preparing for storms, safety should always be your first priority. If you are away from home when a storm is bringing flooding to the area, do your best to make it home or head for indoor shelter; never drive through water-covered roads.

At home, bring inside or strap down any loose items around your home. Park your car in a garage or higher ground. Put irreplaceable items in a high location and keep your important papers stored somewhere waterproof. If water starts to come in while you are at home, avoid stepping into it while it is still flowing. It can be moving a whole lot faster than your eye can see.

Turn the power off to any flooded areas of your home, or shut it off altogether. Stay dry as much as you can, and move very carefully through any waters if you do have to walk through water. Call us as soon as you can safely can so that we can start your restoration fast.

Future Prevention Strategies

As we work with you to get everything put back together in your home, we can also help you better fortify your home to prevent future disasters. The best place to start is outside of your home in order to prevent water from coming in.

Talk with a professional about adding grading to your yard and other organic ways to keep water away from your home. Landscaping is a great line of defense to keep water from intruding.

A sump pump is another way to protect your foundation. If you don’t already have one, or yours couldn’t keep up during the last round of heavy rain, adding a properly sized pump can go a long way in preventing flooding as it works to flush water out just as fast as it is coming in.

Keep SERVPRO in your emergency contacts as another fast line of defense. We can respond to your property fast and start the drying, sanitization and mold prevention process right away. We can’t prevent storms, but we can take quick action to clean up and prevent extensive damages when we are prepared for them.

We are here for all of your water disasters. Contact us day or night for a quick recovery.

Keeping Bonfires Safe | SERVPRO of Houston County

9/18/2023 (Permalink)

campfire-style fire pit with flames emerging from the top of the logs on the dark green grass Bonfire season is upon us! SERVPRO of Houston County has your back with these helpful fire safety tips.

Which season is your favorite? As we edge ever closer to cooler temps and changing leaves, for many the fall season is one of the best times of year. The humidity breaks and we are finally able to get out the pumpkin decorations while we drink and eat pumpkin-flavored everything.

Fall is also the perfect time for getting outside with the family, gathering around the fire pit to eat too many marshmallows and share plenty of stories. While you melt a little more chocolate, make sure you are also practicing fire safety.

SERVPRO® may have all your restoration needs covered when a disaster strikes, but we also want to help you stay safe and prevent one from ever happening in the first place.

Tips for Starting the Fire

Before you actually light your fire, keep a few things you should do in mind:

Do find a location that will be safe to have your fire. It should be in an open space clear of overhangs, loose limbs and a good distance from any structures.

Do keep water nearby. Put a bucket of water close to where your fire will be, or attach a hose that you can turn on quickly. You can also grab a shovel and keep sand or dirt handy to smother out any rouge flames or add to embers when they are still glowing red.

Do take a look at the weather ahead of having your fire. Check the forecast for storms, but also take a look outside and watch for wind. Even a covered fire pit can be dangerous on a windy day. Check for local burn bans the day of your fire so that you can follow county regulations.

Tips for While the Fire Is Hot

Once you have gotten your fire safely going, there are a few things you don’t want to do:

Don’t keep your fire going with anything other than treated, approved wood. Lighter fluid and gasoline are dangerous on open flames, and tossing in anything else can cause flames that are higher and hotter than you are prepared for.

Don’t play around the flames. Keep kids, dogs and yard games away from the fire to avoid potential accidents.

Don’t create a bigger fire then you can tend to. It can be easy to build the fire up big enough that you won’t have to tend to it much, but one flame going the wrong way can result in a scorched backyard and put your home at risk.

Don’t ever leave a fire unattended, even when it is just down to red-hot embers. Pour water over it and stick around until it has cooled completely.

Wildfire Prevention

Unfortunately, the majority of wildfires are started by human error. If you are going to have a fire outside, it is your duty to not only protect your family and your home, but the environment as well. Use the right materials, don’t make it too big and put it completely out before you leave.

If you do ever have damage from a fire on your property or in your home, call SERVPRO. We are available 247 to respond to your property and get life put back together fast.

Fire can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Contact us day or night for immediate assistance.

I Have Water Damage in My House. Now What? | SERVPRO of Houston County

8/15/2023 (Permalink)

Pool of water sitting on top of a herringbone patterned wood floor with furniture nearby If you discover water damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Houston County right away.

You may not give much thought to water on a daily basis. You turn on the faucet or start a new cycle for the washing machine and the water magically comes on and serves a purpose.

Most of the time in our homes, water is used in a controlled way. That’s unlike how it works in nature, where it can be powerful and unbridled. Sometimes, though, water gets out of control in a house, too.

When water ends up in your house where it doesn’t belong, it can quickly be a disaster, causing damage to your home’s structure and your belongings. Whether your damage is from a small leak in the kitchen sink or a major hole in the roof sending rain into your attic, it can quickly become a high-dollar affair.

While you certainly want to do everything you can to prevent water damage, if it strikes, you should know what to do next. Keep reading to get the facts.

Your First Moves

When disaster strikes, the faster you can respond, the better your outcome. The longer water damage is allowed to fester, the more likely you are to experience other, more costly damage, including structural damage and mold growth.

Your first step is to find the source of the water damage. Search out leaks or uncover appliance malfunctions. Once you find the source, cut it off or stem the tide. You should know where your water cutoff is so you can quickly turn the water off when a problem occurs.

Because water combining with electrical devices is a major hazard, it’s also important to cut off electricity in the outlets near the water. Never walk through any standing water, since it can hide hazards.

Once you’ve taken these steps to protect yourself and your family, call SERVPRO®. Because we are available 247, we’re ready to jump into action as soon as you call.

The Water Damage Restoration Process

Our water damage restoration process begins immediately when you call. We will ask you a series of questions to gather information about the extent and type of damage. We will also request that you snap a few pictures of the that can be shared with your insurance provider to expedite your claim.

From there, actual restoration begins. Our water damage restoration experts will bring industry-leading drying equipment into the home to dry up all the water present. This includes visible puddles, but also includes minute droplets that aren’t visible to the naked eye.

During this time, we’ll also be focused on removing and drying out soft materials and your belongings so that we can save as much as possible. We practice a “restore vs. replace” mentality in our restoration work.

Think your water damage situation is too big for us to handle? Think again! No matter how substantial the size of your disaster, we’re here to help. If you have water more than an inch in your home, call in our professionals. We will provide you with the restoration services needed to mitigate the damage—and the construction work needed to return your home to preloss condition.

Do you have water damage in your home? Call us for fast and complete restoration.

Preventing Fires for a Delightful Summer BBQ Experience | SERVPRO of Houston County

8/10/2023 (Permalink)

Man holding tongs above grill preparing food outdoors Have you had a barbeque gone wrong? Call SERVPRO of Houston County to get your space back in shape.

It’s summertime in Houston County, and locals know the weather can get pretty hot and humid around this time. We’re all relishing the sunny days grilling out by the pool with family and friends.

As you prepare for those backyard BBQs, it’s crucial to prioritize grilling safety to prevent dangerous situations and potential fires. In this blog post, we’ll provide you with tips to ensure a delightful summer BBQ experience without any fire risks.

Finding a Safe Grilling Space

The first step in grilling safety is to position your grill in an appropriate location outside, away from enclosed spaces like garages or roof overhangs. Proper ventilation is essential, and any flammable materials above the grill can increase the risk of fire. Make sure to place the grill at least 10 feet away from your house or deck. Make the designated area free from children and pets to ensure everyone’s safety.

Before using a charcoal grill, inspect it for any accumulated ash, dents, or cracks. Propane grill owners should carefully examine the gas lines for leaks and ensure secure connections. Leaking lines or propane tanks can lead to hazardous fire situations.

Stay Alert and Prepared While Grilling

When grilling, it’s crucial to stay near the grill and have a water source on hand in case you need it. A spray bottle can help control fire flare-ups, and keeping a hose or fire extinguisher within reach is important for emergencies.

After cooking, give the food to someone else to carry into the house and remember to turn off the gas or close the vents for charcoal grills to cut off the oxygen supply. Get rid of ash and embers in a metal can to eliminate potential fire hazards, even after the grilling is complete. Before concluding your BBQ and walking away, ensure that the grill has fully cooled down.

Have a Safe and Enjoyable Summer

We wish you a summer filled with joyful moments and safety. However, in case a fire incident occurs during your BBQ, SERVPRO® of Houston County is ready to assist you with professional fire damage restoration services.

Don’t let fire damage live in your home—contact SERVPRO of Houston County for prompt restoration assistance.