Smells Like Summer! Safer Grilling 101

Did you know each year, about 8,800 house fires are caused by grilling? Sometimes the most straightforward safety measures are the most overlooked. 

This week we give the rundown on how to stay safe with tips on must-have gear, what to do in the event of a gas leak, and how to be prepared to put out pesky grease fires.

Get the gear

  • What works in the kitchen won’t always hold up to the heat of the grill. Find grill mitts that are significantly longer and thicker than oven mitts—ideally, covering closer to the elbow.
  • Choose silicon or metal spatulas that are meant for grilling. Tongs with stainless steel tips are stronger and can resist high temperatures. Look for a long handle to keep the heat at a distance. 
  • If you’re cooking with a charcoal grill, a charcoal chimney is a must-have. Safe and easy to use, chimneys make it simple to light your grill and ditch the lighter fluid.

Suspect a gas leak?

When checking for a gas leak, inspect all hoses on the grill for deterioration like holes, tears or worn down areas. The gas cylinder should be checked for rust, dents, and other damage to avoid fire hazards.

If you suspect a leak in the hose, replace it immediately. Check the connection points to ensure the threading is matched correctly and tighten appropriately. Tighten the propane and regulator connection by hand, and use a wrench for the gas hose and manifold connection.

Be prepared for a grease fire

Cooking with fire can quickly become out of hand. In case of a grease fire:

  • Do not pour water on the fire. This common reaction should be avoided!
  • If you can do so safely, turn off the burners and any heat sources
  • Smother the fire with baking soda, salt or sand if available
  • Starve the fire by closing the lid and any vents

Stay Insured

Whether you’ve been lacking in cleaning off excess grease from the BBQ or not, fire accidents are common during the summer months. Protect your property and your home all year long with the right insurance policy.

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