Summers mean backyard grilling - safely!
Just like hamburgers and hot dogs, a sizzling grill is a symbol of summer. Grilling is not just about outdoor cooking; Backyard barbeques often create wonderful memories with friends and family.
Keep in mind, that when you grill, you are literally playing with fire. Each year, thousands of people learn this lesson the hard way; suffering severe damage to their homes or even serious injuries in grilling accidents.
There's good news though - you can prevent grilling accidents by taking some simple precautions. The tips below can 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 and 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 needed.
- Never leave a hot grill unattended or let children play near it.
Charcoal Grill Tips:
Reprinted from Kingsford.com
- Do not add lighter fluid to hot coals. The flame could travel up the stream of fluid and burn you.
- Never use gasoline or kerosene to light a charcoal fire.
- Use flame-retardant mitts and long-handled tongs, as coals can reach up to 1,000 degrees.
- To dispose of coals, allow the ashes to cool for 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 a 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 has been 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.
- Do not keep a filled propane tank in a hot car or trunk. When getting containers refilled, make it your last stop before going home.
- Store propane tanks in an upright position, and never indoors.
From all of us at DBI Insurance Services, "Happy grilling and stay safe this summer!"