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Prevent Fire Restoration Needs with Grilling Safety Tips


Grill safe and grill smart to prevent fire damage in Chicago this summer.

Now that summer is officially here, almost everyone should have their grills pulled out onto the patio, dusted off, and ready to fire-up! Backyard barbeques are the quintessential image of summers in America. Flaming hot grills also bring the risk of fire damage, and potentially the need for fire restoration in Chicago. From proper placement to equipment malfunctions, there are many fire damage risks associated with grills.

The first tip to keeping fire restoration risks at a minimum is to always monitor the grill. Never leave the grill unattended, and always supervise children closely. Be sure to position the grill so it is not too close to any structure, far from overhanging brush, fabrics, outdoor furniture, or other flammable materials. Paying attention is the first step to preventing fire restoration needs.

A grill should never be used in an enclosed space, especially in a garage where other flammable materials may be stored. Built-up grease or nearby flammable materials are a main cause of fire damage and potential problems that are easily preventable.

In the case that fire damage does occur, it’s always a good idea to keep a fire blanket and extinguisher nearby. A little bit of preparation can prevent you from yelling in frustration for fire restoration services!

Most importantly, be knowledgeable about the type of grill your are operating. Charcoal and gas grills have different fire damage risks, but both should be treated with care and caution.

If you’re grilling adventure goes awry, you can always call ServiceMaster Restoration by Simons. With the best equipment and technique in the fire restoration and technicians certified by the IICRC, calling us is the right choice. Our emergency line is answered 24 hours a day, every day of the year including holidays. From Evanston to Chicago, fire restoration should be done by us for expert, complete, and thorough repairs.


  • Nasutsa Mabwa

    Nasutsa Mabwa is President of ServiceMaster by Simons, a MBE/WBE City of Chicago and State of Illinois certified firm. She is a 2020 Daily Herald Business Ledger C-Suite awardee, a member of Crain’s Chicago Business 40 under 40 and a 2018 ServiceMaster(c) Achiever Award recipient. She is a Civic Federation Board Member, an Advisory Board Member for as President Elect on the Executive Committee for the Evanston Chamber of Commerce. She is IICRC certified for WRT & FSRT.