Now that summer has officially started, it is the perfect time to pull your BBQ out of storage and throw on some steaks. While grilling is one of the most fun parts of summer, it can also be very dangerous. Knowing how to protect yourself while grilling can help to ensure that you have a safe and fun cookout.
If your grill does cause a fire at your home, your homeowners insurance will provide coverage for any damage or injuries that are associated with the fire (you should always check with your insurance agent to understand your coverage). To help make sure that you never have to make a claim for a BBQ fire at your home, keep these grilling safety tips in mind.
- If you have a gas grill, check the hoses for any holes or cracks before you lite up the grill. Pour a mixture of water and dish soap over the hose and turn on the propane. If you see any bubbles, it means that you most likely have a leak. Before you start grilling, make sure to fix the leak.
- Always store any extra propane outside and away from your house. Before you store them away, make sure that the valves are tightly closed.
- Place your grill on a level surface that is away from your house or any other buildings. Once the grill is lit, do not try and move it.
- Create a safety zone that is at least three feet wide around your grill using cones or chalk. Do not allow any children or pets to play in the safety zone.
- Keep a fire extinguisher or bucket of water nearby to put out any fires that start while you are cooking.
For all of your home insurance needs to ensure that you are properly protected from any accident this summer, contact DG&M Agency in Rochester, New York.