5 Grilling Safety Tips for Summer Barbecues

5 Grilling Safety Tips for Summer BarbecuesSummer is here and that means it’s time to crowd around the grill and spend the afternoon barbecuing with friends and family. But before you get the burgers and buns out, it’s important to note the safety hazards that come with striking up that grill.

Gas grills were involved in an average of 8,700 home fires per year over a four-year period, according to a report by the National Fire Protection Association, highlighting the potential safety issues related to grilling through the summer. With the right grilling tips, you can keep yourself, your family and friends, and your home safe throughout the summer. Here are a number of safety tips you can heed to better enjoy the summer grilling season.

1. Give Your Grill Some Distance

Make sure you’re keeping a good distance between the grill and the house, garage, and shed, and make sure to avoid grilling under eaves or coverings from patios. Make sure to also check for any hanging tree branches that can dip down throughout the summer, especially following summer storms. They can catch fire easily and have a flare up that could turn into a major fire.

2. Keep Children and Pets Safe

Animals and kids like to run around the backyard during the summer, this much is true. But while it’s great to see everyone get active outside, it can also create a hazard when done around a grill. Keep the grilling workspace separated from play areas and where kids and animals might be running around and playing.

Also, it’s important to teach youngsters the importance of avoiding the grill and being mindful of they’re spacing while playing with toys, throwing balls or playing with sports equipment.

3. Get Up to Speed on Home Insurance

Local homeowners insurance carriers, such as homeowners insurance CT, provide the right protection against liabilities, including house fires. Whether it’s a house fire started in the kitchen or outside on the grill, and whether it’s a small amount of damage or a fire rises and takes down your entire house, homeowners insurance carriers can provide the right safeguard to financially protect your home in the event of any sized fire.

4. Keep Your Grill Clean

Always follow your grill’s instruction manual for proper maintenance and keep it as clean as possible no matter the time of year. Use a good grill brush to clean grates before and after each use, even if it’s a quick grilling session. Even when the grill isn’t in use, go outside and periodically clean it to keep from any build up.

5. Have a Fire Extinguisher Close

Having a fire extinguisher within arm’s reach and knowing how to yield it is a major fire safety tip for any household, any griller. Knowing that even small fires can spread and create major problems should be a major concern in getting yourself and others to a safe place and reaching out for help.

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