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Grill safely this Memorial Day.

With Memorial Day weekend coming up, you may be planning a barbecue in your yard.  While grilling up some food doesn’t sound particularly hard or dangerous, the National Fire Protection Association reports that grilling accidents result in approximately 8,900 home fires annually. To keep your property and loved ones safe, try out these suggestions to grill safely this Memorial Day.

  • Grill Outside Away from Structures

Charcoal and gas grills are designed for outdoor use only.  However, statistics from NFPA show that about 27% of home fires begin when someone attempts to use outdoor grills in a courtyard, terrace, or patio.  29% of home fires begin when someone uses a grill on an exterior balcony or open porch.  So, to reduce the chances of setting off a house fire this summer, make sure you set up your grill in an open space that’s far away from your home’s structure.

  • Stabilize Your Grill

Before you light up your grill, make sure that it is on a flat, stable surface.  The last thing you want is for your grill to tip and fall over when you have a fire going.

  • Keep Your Grill Clean

After you have finished cooking, take the time to remove grease buildup from your grill grates and the tray beneath the grill.  This will prevent leftover grease from catching fire the next time you light up your grill.  If you are using a charcoal grill, then allow the coals to cool completely before throwing them away in a metal container.

  • Check Gas Grills for Propane Leaks

Before you get ready to grill for the first time this season, check your grill’s gas line for leaks by applying a soap and water solution to the hose and then turning on the gas.  If there is a leak, then the solution will bubble in the spot where the leak is located.  If you smell gas near the grill or if you have trouble getting your grill to light, then these are also signs that you have a gas leak.

Try out these tips to grill safely this Memorial Day.  Want another way to protect your home and loved ones?  Then make sure you have the right homeowners insurance in place.  For assistance with all your home coverage needs, contact the team at John E. Peakes Insurance Agency today.

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