Grilling and Campfire Safety for Orange County Residents

There’s not much better than grilling outside during the summer months. Not only does it keep the house cooler because you don’t have the stove and oven going, it also gives mom a break by making dad do some of the cooking.

Often the weekends and holidays are when the grill is most popular. And during those times, it’s common to have friends or family over, kids swimming, and beer in hand.

Recently, we’ve noticed that our hillsides are going from green to brown. Maybe you also noticed that we didn’t quite get as much rain this past winter as we usually do. That makes for a very dangerous fire season, so we’re asking everyone to be extra careful during grilling season.

Many Orange County residents will also go camping for their summer vacations, and campfires are another potential danger – with how dry our area is, that could spell a big-acre wildfire that could damage property, businesses and wildlife—and maybe even cost some human lives.

Here are a few safety guidelines to remember this summer when you’ve got those coals glowing and the hot dogs and burgers roasting, thanks to the California Fire Association:

  • Position the grill well away from siding, deck railing, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets from the grill area: declare a three-foot “safe zone” around the grill.
  • If you own a propane grill, check the cylinder hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. A light soap and water solution applied to the hose will reveal escaping propane quickly by releasing bubbles.
  • Avoid using soft wood in a fire pit, such as pine or cedar that will likely pop and throw sparks. Use seasoned hardwood.
  • Don’t build a campfire at a site in hazardous, dry conditions or if the campground, area, or event rules prohibit campfires.

Have a safe and happy summer in Orange County! And if the grill does happen to get out of hand, call us right away so we can get your home restored as quickly as possible.

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