The Basics of Grill Safety

Temperatures are getting warmer, and it’s almost time to fire up the grill and invite friends over for burgers! While grilling out is a quintessential activity of summer, you should still proceed with some caution. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments responded to an average of 10,200 fires involving grills, hibachis, or barbecues per year from 2013 to 2017. So, before you cook your first bratwurst this year, get familiar with basic grill safety.

 

Never grill inside.

 

It might seem safe to grill indoors—but it’s not. Not only does the flame pose a risk, but grills can also emit dangerous carbon dioxide. Instead, the rules of grill safety state that you should place it outdoors and at least 10 feet from your home. You should also keep it away from umbrellas, hanging baskets, pillows, or any other flammable outdoor decorations.

 

Keep it clean.

 

Grease and fat can fuel a fire, so remember to scrub your grill with a wire-bristle brush before every use.

 

Check for leaks.

 

Fill a spray bottle with a mixture of equal parts water and dish soap, and then, rub it on the grill’s connections. Turn on the cylinder valve, and if bubbles form, you might need to tighten the connections or replaces the hoses.

 

Have a fire extinguisher handy.

 

A fire extinguisher is a must for grill safety. Not only should you keep one next to your grill, but you should also know how to use it! Place a water bottle by the grill, as well, to control smaller fires that may flare up.

 

Keep watch.

 

Never leave a lit grill unattended. You never know what might happen—a small child or pet could knock it over or stray leaf could fall into the flame—so you always want to keep watch.

 

Of course, if a grilling accident does occur, we’ve got your back! Get the right home insurance for your household and make sure your house is covered in the event of a fire.