Safety Tips When Grilling This Summer

Grilling Safety Tips

With the 4th of July holiday weekend right around the corner, it is time to break out your grill for a little backyard fun. No matter if you are using a gas grill or a charcoal one, it is vital to make sure that you know how to protect your home and loved ones. Keep these fire safety tips in mind when lighting up your grill to ensure that everyone has a safe and fun holiday weekend.

  • Only use your grill outdoors in wide open areas. The dangerous gases that are given off by a lit grill can cause serious medical issues if they are used inside.
  • Create a safety zone that is at least three feet wide. Do not allow children or pets to play within the safety zone, and do not allow too many people to crowd around the grill at once.
  • Once the grill is lit, never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the grill since they can easily cause a flare up that can lead to much more serious issues.
  • When you are done grilling, make sure that the charcoal is completely cool before you throw it away. Always dispose of charcoal in a metal container to avoid any accidental flare ups.
  • If you are using a propane grill for the first time in the year, check the gas tank hose for leaks by putting a mixture of dish soap and water on the hose and opening the valve. If you see any bubbles, it can mean there is a leak that needs to be fixed before you light the grill.
  • If you ever smell gas while cooking with a propane grill, move away from the grill and call the fire department immediately.

Having the right homeowners insurance policy can help to ensure that you are protected from any flames this summer. Contact the insurance professionals at Gee Schussler Insurance Agency in Orland Park, Illinois for all of your home insurance needs.