Grilling Safety Tips

Have you ever tried to light a propane grill and it just wouldn't light? Because of this, you probably turned up the propane a little, but the little spark would not ignite. Suddenly, after so many tries and the propane turned all the way up, that little spark turns into a huge flame that does or almost singes your eyebrows.

The above is a scenario that many individuals have experienced. It can be rather funny when it does happen, especially when jumping back from the flame. Many individuals don't move that fast. Overall, however, the home is at risk. Most people place their grills on their decks or porches and this presents a fire hazard.

Even if using a charcoal grill, you've probably had that experience where you couldn't get the coals to burn enough, so you squeezed lighter fluid into an open flame to get the rest to catch. Again, this is a fire hazard. Grilling is a fire hazard all together.

So that you don't have to make a claim against your homeowner's insurance, it is best that you ensure proper coverage and exercise safe grilling habits. Safe grilling habits will lower the risk of fire that can occur while grilling. Although most people are careful, sometimes being careful, though, does not always cut it.

Gas Grilling

When grilling with gas, there are some safety tips that you need to keep in mind. Gas can be a fast way to grill, but it can also be a dangerous way to grill. For instance, you don't want to turn the gas up too high.

It only takes a small amount of propane gas to make your grill work. Don't turn it all the way up because you may find yourself with a flame that is too big to manage. Plus, you want to ensure that the tank is kept away from flame. Although the tank is good and sturdy, there is something you need to keep in mind about these tanks.

Most of the time, the tank that you receive from your local department store or gas station is one that has been returned by someone else, filled by the propane company, and then placed into a cage outdoors where you can exchange your empty for a full or buy one for the first time. Although the propane company looks for holes and such, you never know when one may occur some other way. Placing the tank near a flame could result in an explosion.

You also want to refer to the instructions of your grill any time that you are in doubt so that you can make sure the tank is attached properly. From there, you need to use caution when you grill. Don't turn the flame control knobs higher than you need them and don't have the grill too close to the house. And keep your visitors away to avoid liability.

Charcoal Grill

For a charcoal grill, many of the same rules apply. However, let the coals smolder for a while. Prep time is longer than with propane, but the wait is worth it. Besides, adding lighter fluid to the coals while there is a flame will cause your food to taste like the fluid.

Make sure you don't have long sleeves over the flame, keep the grill away from the house, use grilling tools, and make sure no children are playing close by. By exercising these grilling safety tips, you can make sure that your home and the people visiting you are safe. The favorable result is you not having to make a claim against your homeowner's insurance due to an accident.

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