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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.


  • 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!

Lock Your Doors
Lock Your Doors


When do you think most burglaries occur? Rarely when you are home, but in fact 62.4% of burglaries happen between the hours of 9 am – 6 pm.

The most likely explanation is kids are at school and spouses or parents are at work. That part hurts the most, because you are at work making an honest living and while someone is breaking into your place working at not making an honest living.

Below are a few tips that might assist you in keeping the DISHONEST on the Outside of YOUR HOME!

* Install a deadbolt on your doors. The MEDCO type are not easily duplicated. Installing the lock upside down, adds another level of deterrent.

* Keep bushes and hedges below window height and do not allow any of them to block the view of your front door. Better yet, plant bushes WITH THORNS in front of these windows.

* Where you cannot plant distracting shrubs, you can install a good size medium dowel or PVC pipe in the sliding glass door or window track.

* Hide valuables out of site (this is particularly true for your car and under the seat or in the trunk – especially if someone saw you put it there, is not effective)

* With the convenience of smart phones or video cameras with voice recordings, record pictures and serial numbers of EVERYTHING!

* Install an alarm system. Statistics state that without one, you are three times more likely to be burglarized than someone who has the system.

* Optional, but we are seeing more and more homes that have Video Surveillance cameras

* Even if you do not have a dog – Post BEWARE OF DOG Signs. Typically they just are not going to hang around to find out if this is true.

* Leave the TV on a talk station like CNN. It is voices in the house.

When buying a home, check the crime statistics for the neighborhood. Grant it these figures can go up and down as law enforcement is proactive.

 After all of your efforts you still have to lock the door, turn on the alarm and leave the TV on. Having it all available is not as effective as using it.

Be Smart and Be Safe!