Most people consider Memorial Day as the beginning of summer in the US because as it is the first holiday to celebrate the warm weather. Residents commonly spend it outside for garden parties, lounging at the beach, or family get-togethers.
Officials, however, remind Monmouth residents to take extra caution when celebrating, as you may cause undue damage if you aren’t careful. For instance, since this is usually the start of the “grilling season”, remember these tips before grabbing your tongs and heading out to the grill:
- All propane and charcoal barbecue grills should be used outdoors to avoid fire hazards and toxic gases.
- Place the grill away from siding and deck railings. Don’t store a grill under a porch or balcony.
- Be careful when using lighter fluid.
- Dispose of charcoal coals only after they are cool. Empty the coals into a metal container with a tight-fitting lid.
- Periodically remove grease or fat buildup in the tray before the grill.
- Never leave a grill unattended.
Following these precautionary measures will save you a lot on potential damage to property. Your siding in Monmouth County NJ, for instance, can warp or crack under extreme heat if you grill too close to it, especially if you’re using an inferior type or it has been around for a long time without maintenance. Moreover, smoke can cause stains that may be difficult to remove if left to be baked by the sun, and this will leave an ugly impression on your guests.
Alternatively, you can choose to replace your house cladding with a heat and stain-resistant type like fiber cement from a siding contractor in Monmouth County NJ like All County Exteriors. We will make sure that your siding won’t break down easily, as we use only trusted and durable brands like James Hardie & CertainTeed.
(Article Excerpt from Grilling safety tips for Memorial Day weekend by Kelly Taylor, WLOX 13, May 24, 2014)