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Summer Means Grilling- Safely!
Provided by: Safeco Insurance
Just like hamburgers and hot dogs, a sizzling grill is a symbol of summer and grilling isn't just about
great food. Backyard barbecues often create treasured memories with friends and family.
Keep in mind, however, that when you grill, you're literally playing with fire. Thousands of residents
each year learn this the hard way, suffering damage to their homes or even serious injuries in
There's good news, though: You can prevent grilling accidents by taking some simple precautions.
The tips below can help ensure you cook only your burgers - and not your house - the next time
you fire up the grill.
TIPS FOR ALL GRILLS
- Your grill, whether gas or charcoal, should be on a level surface outdoors, away from anything
that could be ignited by flames (bushes, fences, etc.).
- NEVER use a grill indoors. Odorless carbon monoxide fumes could kill you.
- Keep your grill clean and well-maintained. Check parts regularly to determine if replacements are
- Never leave a hot grill unattended or let children play near it.
CHARCOAL GRILL TIPS
- Do not add lighter fluid directly to hot coals. The flame could travel up the stream of fluid and
- Never use gasoline or kerosene to light a charcoal fire.
- Use flame-retardant mitts and long-handled barbecue tongs, as coals can reach up to 1,000
- To dispose of coals, allow the ashes to cool for at least 48 hours before disposal in a
non-combustible container. If you cannot wait 48 hours, carefully place coals individually in a can of
sand or bucket of water.
GAS GRILL TIPS
From the National Fire Protection Association
- Check your grill's hoses for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and
water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If you have a leak, and it will not
stop after the grill and gas is turned off, call the fire department. If the leak stops when the grill and
gas are turned off, have your grill serviced by a professional.
- If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do
not move the grill.
- Do not keep a filled propane tank in a hot car or trunk. When getting containers refilled, make that
your last stop before going home.
- Store propane tanks in an upright position, and never indoors.
From all of us at The Insurance Place, happy grilling, and stay safe this summer!