When it comes to summer, there’s nothing better than a gathering of family and friends in the backyard with some good old-fashioned BBQ. Before you even light up the grill, you need to think about the safety of grilling in your backyard. July is the peak month for grill fires and causes over $37 million in home damages every year. Everything from placement to protective equipment can affect the safety of your home and garden from your backyard grill.
Always think about placement first. Whether you wheel it out for each use or it’s a permanent fixture on your patio, the grill should always be placed at least 10 feet from your home or other structures such as fences, garden sheds, and garages. A brick or paver patio is a safe surface for grills, whereas wood decks or grass can pose an increased risk of fire.
Plants, shrubs, and trees should not surround or overhang the grill. Keep your lawn cut and trees and shrubs trimmed back as part of your summer lawn maintenance. One of the safest places for a grill is built-in to an outdoor kitchen and entertaining space. Whether you want a fire ring, pizza oven, or grill surround, SAT Landscape can help create your dream outdoor kitchen and grilling space.
If you’re having a party, keep guests—especially kids and pets—away from the grilling area. Have safety equipment such as a fire extinguisher or water source available in case of emergencies. Inspect your grill before use and keep the grill clean and maintained. Don’t leave the grill unattended while in use.
Good landscape design will help keep your grilling area safe. Whether it’s on a brick or paver patio or built-in to a stone entertaining space, your grill is your summer hotspot. Let SAT Landscape create a design plan for your grill and backyard oasis today!