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Summer Safety Series: Grill safety tips

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 Mark Dannehl Last week, as part of our Summer Safety Series, we posted information on how to spot a distressed swimmer and prevent drowning. This week we are talking grill safety.

Grilling is one of the most popular ways to cook food. A grill can easily become a fire hazard if proper precautions are not taken, or simple mistakes are made while it’s in use. June and July are peak months for grill fires. Reduce your risk by following these simple tips:

  • Be sure to place your grill away from your home, deck railings, and far enough away from eaves and overhanging branches. 
  • Always use your grill outdoors and keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep you grill clean and remove grease or fat buildup from the grill grates and trays below the grill to reduce flare-ups and possible fires.

 Charcoal grills

  • If you’re using a charcoal grill, only use charcoal starter fluid, and never add charcoal fluid or other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Be sure to let to coals in your charcoal grill cool completely before disposing in a metal container.

If you are using a propane grill

  • Check the gas tank and hose for leaks by applying a light soap and water solution. A leak will release bubbles.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, get away from the grill immediately and call the fire department. Don’t move the grill.
  • If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait at least 15 minutes before re-lighting. Gas buildup can easily become an explosive fireball.

Looking for more safety tips? The National Fire Protection Association has a handy infographic and other information on their Web site

>>  Up next: Safety tips for 4th of July fun.

Mark Dannehl, Personal Insurance Consultant