The smell of steaks, hamburgers, or hot dogs on the grill is a sure sign of summer. According the Health, Patio, & Barbecue Association, 80% of U.S. households have a grill or smoker. Americans love to grill and that is why the month of July is National Grilling Month.
Each year there are reports of fires due to grilling accidents. Many people are injured from these accidents if proper safety precautions are not followed. Luckily, your homeowners insurance policy will cover any structures of your home damaged from a grill-related fire. However, there are ways to avoid this sort of incident.
Tuesday Tips: Tips for Grilling Safety
• Do not cover the bottom of your grill with tin foil; it can constrain air flow.
• While lighting your grill, do not close the lid until you are sure it is completely lit.
• It may seem obvious, but never grill indoors.
• Place the grill a good distance away from your home, railings, and eaves.
• Try to keep children and pets away from your grilling area.
• Clean grease and fat buildup from the grills and trays below grill.
• Do not store lighter fluid, matches and starters near grill area.
• Avoid drinking alcohol while grilling—alcohol can impair your judgment.
• If you use charcoal to grill, wait until coals are completely cool before disposing them in a metal container.
• Don’t wear clothing that has tails, frills, or apron strings that could potentially catch on fire.
• Have a fire extinguisher handy in case a fire does break out.
Remember, take every precaution necessary next time you are outside grilling. Please practice safe grilling as you celebrate National Grilling Month from all of us at Community Insurance & Associates.