Summer has officially arrived! And you know what that means? It’s barbeque season! Time for tender steaks, marinated chicken, and delicious hotdogs. It’s not a party without a cookout, and it’s not a cookout without a grill. You want your barbeque to be remembered for fun times and tasty food –  not some senseless accident. Follow these tips to enhance your title as “The Grill Master”.

The smells of tasty food sizzling on the grill is always welcome at any barbeque. Here are some tips to help keep your home and family safe during barbeque season:

1. Always grill outside.

Charcoal and gas grills are designed for outdoor use only. However, according to the NFPA reports more than 27% of home fires are started by outdoor grills being in a courtyard or patio and 29% start on a balcony. Pay attention to overhanging tree branches when setting up your grill.

2. Keep your grill clean.

Make sure you are taking the time to remove grease and buildup from both the grill and the tray. When using a charcoal grill make sure you completely allow the coals to cool before dumping them into a metal container.

3. When the flame goes out, wait to re-light.

Always wait at least five minutes before relighting a flame. In the off-chance that you don’t, you risk burning yourself and those around you. The flame may be completely out, but that doesn’t mean that the grill has cooled down. Trying to relight it too quickly can cause a larger flame that you were unprepared for.

4. Check for propane leaks on a gas grill.

Be sure to apply a light soap and water solution to the hose and then turn on the gas. If there is a propane leak, you will see the solution bubble. Other signs of propane leaks are gas odor near the barbecue, or a flame won’t light.

4. Be careful with charcoal starter fluid.

When using a charcoal grill, only use charcoal starter fluid and not other flammable materials like gasoline. Don’t ever add charcoal starter fluid or any other flammable liquids to the current fire. An alternative to starter fluid is newspaper or an electric grill starter.

6. Always be ready to put out the fire.

Make sure to have baking soda on hand to control a grease fire. To control any other fires, have a fire extinguisher near by. If you don’t have either, keep a bucket of sand next to the grill. Never use water to put out a grease fire.

Everyone loves a good summer barbecue, but only when it’s fun and safe for all. Grills cause about 16,600 emergency room visits per year, due to carelessness. Don’t let this be you. If you have any questions about grill safety tips, contact a Bankers agent today. We want to make sure you have exciting and yummy barbecues all year long.

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