Ah, these glorious summer months are ripe for grilling, and no one loves a good barbecue more than me. Having said that, safety is definitely something you can’t take lightly when it comes to grilling. As your friendly neighborhood insurance guru, I can’t stress enough the difference a few small precautions can make between tragedy and a fun evening with family and friends.
So without further ado, read on for Jason Verlinde’s Top 5 Grilling Safety Tips™:
- Keep the kiddos and your four-legged friends away from the grill when it’s on.
- Don’t leave the grill unmanned. If you’re keeping an eye on the grill, you can catch a fire before it gets out of hand, and you can also catch any elusive children or furry ones from getting too close.
- Leave an acceptable amount of space between your grill and anything else—deck rails, house siding, etc.
- Always grill outdoors (the only grill that should EVER be used indoors is a little George Foreman grill—and grilling safely indoors is a whole different ball of wax).
- Once your grill is cooled completely, clean it thoroughly (make sure it’s clear of grease) and cover it with a weatherproof grill cover.
That’s a wrap! Have any fun grilling stories to share? I’d love to hear them in the comments below. And contact us to make sure you’re up-to-date on your homeowners’ insurance—if you don’t follow my patented grilling tips, you’re going to need it!