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Grilling Safety 101

July is a peak month for grill fires.  Nearly 9,000 homes fall victim to fires caused by grills.  Be safe this summer by following some of our tips.

For Gas Grills

  • Check the cylinder hose for leaks before using it for the season.
  • Apply a soap and water solution to the hose.  It will reveal gas leaks by creating bubbles.
  • If you smell gas and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill.  Get a professional to service it before using it again.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, get away from the grill and call the fire department immediately!
  • If the flame goes out, turn off the grill and gas.  Wait a few minutes before relighting.

Does your policy include fire damage? Ask us and find out!

For Charcoal Grills

  • If you use a charcoal grill, be sure to:
  • Inspect it for rust damage and holes prior to adding lit coals to it.
  • Use a charcoal chimney to start the charcoal burning.
  • If using an electric charcoal starter, use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children.
  • Keep charcoal fluid away from heat sources.
  • Never add Lighter fluid to hot coals.
  • Allow coals to cool completely before disposing of in a metal container.

General Grilling Safety

  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your home.
  • Clean your grill on a regular basis.
  • Keep decorations away from the grill.
  • Always operate your grill on a level surface.
  • Don’t wear clothes that will dangle over the grill.
  • Have a spray bottle of water nearby.
  • Have a fire extinguisher close by.
  • Never overload your grill with food, especially fatty meat.
  • Never leave a grill unattended.
  • Don’t move the grill once it’s lit.

There you have it!  We hope you’ve found our list of tips helpful.  If you have any questions as to how complete your home coverage is, we can help.  Feel free to contact us!

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