Try Out These Grilling Safety Tips for Your Memorial Day Weekend

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With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, you may be getting ready to host a holiday barbecue for your friends and family.  While grilling up some burgers and hot dogs sounds like an easy task, it can quickly turn into a dangerous situation if you are not careful.  Make sure you stay safe at your barbecue by trying out these grilling safety tips.

Grill Outside Away from Structures

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.

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.

These are some of the grilling safety tips that you should employ this Memorial Day weekend.  Want another way to protect your party guests and your home?  Then make sure you have the right homeowners insurance in place.  For assistance with your home coverage needs, contact the experts at ISU-Wissink Insurance today.