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23 May, 2019 0
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3 Grilling Tips for a Safe Memorial Day

Suggestions to help you grill safely this holiday weekend.

If you’re planning on firing up your grill this Memorial Day, then it’s important that you keep the safety of your home and loved ones in mind.  While cooking up some burgers and hot dogs doesn’t sound very dangerous, grilling accidents account for approximately 8,900 home fires a year.  To ensure that you don’t become part of this statistic, try out these tips to grill safely this holiday weekend.

1) Always Grill in Open, Outdoor Spaces

Charcoal and gas grills are designed for outdoor use only.  However, statistics from NFPA reports 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.

2) Be Attentive

When your grill is lit, you should never leave it unattended.  You should also make sure that kids and pets do not get too close while the fire is on.  Finally, do not attempt to move a hot grill as this will increase your chances of burning yourself and dropping the grill.

3) Be Ready to Extinguish a Fire

Anytime you fire up the grill, you need to be ready for the possibility of a fire breaking out.  This is why you should always keep a fire extinguisher within easy reach.  If you do not have a fire extinguisher, then keep a bucket of sand next to the grill in case you need to smother the flames.  For grease fires, use flour or baking soda to kill the flames; adding water will only make grease fires flare up.

These are some of the suggestions that you should try to grill safely this holiday weekend.  Want another way to protect your home, belongings, and loved ones from fire risks?  Then make sure you have the right homeowners insurance protections in place.  For assistance with all your home coverage needs, contact the team at Fuller Insurance Agency in Southern California today.

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