With warmer weather, it’s time to GRILL! There are risks that come along with grilling, regardless of which type of grill you are using. Every year, 7,000 Americans are injured2 and 8,800 homes catch fire4 as a result of using barbecue grills. It’s usually a case of good products used incorrectly. You can prevent grilling accidents by brushing up on these grilling safety tips.
1. Only use your grill outside and keep it at least 10 feet away from your house. Farther is even better. This includes portions attached to your house like carports, garages and porches. Grills should not be used underneath wooden overhangs, as the fire could flare up into the structure above. This applies to both charcoal and gas grills. Keeping a 3-foot safe zone around your grill will also keep kids and pets safe.
2. Clean your grill regularly and after each use to remove grease that can start a fire. If you allow grease and fat to build up on your grill, they will provide more fuel for a fire. Grease is a major source of flare ups.
3. Check for gas leaks. You can check for gas leaks by making a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and rubbing it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on (with the grill lid open.) If the soap forms large bubbles, that’s a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough.
4. Keep a spray bottle of water handy. If you have a minor flare-up, you can spray it with the water to instantly calm it. The bonus of this tip is that water won’t harm your food, so dinner won’t be ruined!
5. Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill. And, KNOW HOW TO USE IT. Please see our blog post on fire extinguishers and how to use them for more information.
6. Keep an eye on your grill, fire pit or patio torches. Don’t walk away from them when they are lit.
The National Fire Prevention Association says an average of 8,800 home fires are caused by grilling each year. There’s good news, though: You can prevent grilling accidents by taking these simple precautions. The grilling safety tips above can help ensure you cook only your burgers — and not your house — the next time you fire up the grill.
At Jankowski Agency, Inc. we love grilling and hearing about the fond memories that are created spending family time together. We are happy to be your local independent agent and take pride in your insurance coverage. You can reach us at 518-883-3415 or find other ways to contact us.