BBQ Summer Safety

It’s summertime in South Florida which means schools are out and it’s barbecue time! Having a barbecue is a great way to bring family and friends together at your home. While barbecues are very enjoyable there are some safety tips that can help you have a fun and safe celebration at your home. You don’t want your summer barbecue to be memorable for all the wrong reasons.

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  • Always make sure the grill is placed well away from the home. This includes away from deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. It can be tempting to pull the grill under an overhang especially when we are getting one of those common afternoon rain showers, but resist the urge to do so. It is not only a fire hazard, but grills release carbon monoxide. That gas needs to vent in fresh air or it can build up and be a deadly poison.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill. A dirty grill can be a serious fire hazard. Along with this always keep a spray bottle of water handy. This can calm minor flare ups and a little water spray won’t harm your food and spoil those delicious burgers!
  • Always keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill, but more importantly know how to use it. A fire extinguisher is useless and even harmful if you do not know how to properly use it. If you are unsure call 911 immediately when a fire starts.
  • Mosquitos love to come around on those humid Florida afternoons. To keep you and your guests from being eaten by these pesky insects it is important to drain all areas where water can be collected before having guests over your home. Also provide mosquito repellent for guests to apply to their skin and clothing. Nobody likes to go home from a barbecue with lots of bites!

These are just a few ways to keep your family and your home safe. The GreatFloridaHomes team hopes everyone is enjoying their summer and gets out there and gets grilling!

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