Warmer weather is on the horizon and you know what that means? it’s time to break out the gas and charcoal and grill up some juicy meals! But even grilling comes with its fair share of hazards. A small grill fire could easily lead to a home in flames. In fact, on average 10,200 house fires are started by grills each year, which estimates to be about a combined $37 million in property loss.
So, whether you are grilling for enjoyment, to host family and friends, or just for that savory flavor of summer, follow these simple grilling safety tips to help prevent a house fire:
1. Grill at least 10 feet from your home or garage
The farther away from any structures or home decor the better
2. Do not grill under any overhangs or structures
This includes branches, wires, carports, awnings, etc.
3. Do not leave your grill unattended
It only takes one minute for a fire to double in size
4. Turn on your grill and light your gas right away
Don’t wait, if the gas builds up it can cause an explosion
5. Make sure your grill is not leaking
Test it! Spray your tank with soapy water, if the water bubbles, you’ve got a leak
6. Keep your grill clean
Caked-on grease acts as fuel and will only make a fire stronger
7. Do not put too much food on at once
-Dripping fat will only make the flames stronger
8. Keep water or an extinguisher close by-
If a small fire were to start, you can catch and extinguish it at the source
9. Never grill indoors
A spark or flare-up could easily catch something on fire, plus grills release carbon monoxide, which can be deadly
10. Let your grill completely cool off before moving or covering it
Wait 2-3 hours after use and touch it with your hands, if it is still warm, then wait another 2-3 hours before moving or covering
While you’re enjoying your burger, all it takes is one ember on a cooling, unattended grill to bring your whole home down in flames. Have peace of mind knowing that should anything happen, your home will be protected by the proper homeowner’s insurance coverage.
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