Is Something Burning?

With the upcoming 4th of July Holiday most of us will be firing up the grill to show off those back yard cooking skills. Here are a few tips that could help keep your BBQ masterpiece from going up in a blaze of glory.

Tip #1 Keep Grills 10 Feet Away From Buildings

Keep grills at least 10 feet away from buildings, shrubs, and under overhangs as the heat and flames could flame up into the structure above. This applies to both charcoal/wood grills and gas grills.

house fire

Tip #2 Clean Your Grill

That black build up you see on the BBQ grates is grease, BBQ sauce and fat build-up. All these things are fuel for a grease fire.

BBQ in the summer

Tip #3 Keep a Squirt Bottle Handy

Keep a squirt bottle of water on hand. This way if you get a flare up you can give it a quick squeeze of the trigger to calm things down.  This will also keep your food fire kissed instead of scorched beyond recognition.

Tip #4 Check for Leaks

A solution of dish soap and water (3:2 ratio) will easily let you check hoses and connections for gas leaks. Open the BBQ lid and turn on the gas then simply apply the solution to all connections and hoses and look for bubbles. Bubbles on hoses mean there are tiny holes or cracks and it’s time for replacement. If bubbles are present around connections a quick tightening should do the trick.


Tip #5 Fire Extinguisher

Having a fully operational fire extinguisher on hand is always a smart idea. It is important to understand how to use it and check it regularly. Check it routinely when you change your spring forward/fall back clocks and check your smoke detector batteries.

Tip #6 Keep a Close Eye

Never leave your grill unattended. Even items cooking slowly can cause flare up in an instant, posing not only a fire hazard but those tiny kisses of flame we love on our food could quickly turn your cooking into a blackened piece of charcoal and cause your guests to channel their inner Gordon Ramsey.


I hope you find these tips helpful and share them with your family and friends. Elkhorn Home Inspections wishes you a Happy and Safe Outdoor Cooking Season! As always if you need an inspection or just want to chat or ask us questions we are here to help! Reach us at 970-217-5222.

Bill Tourte




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