Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Grilling Tips

Cooking out on the grill & the summer months go hand in hand.  With that said it seems like the perfect time for us at Pinnacle Insurance to pass along some safety tips to ensure a summer of grilling that doesn't include a trip to the emergency room.  Here are some do's and don'ts we found online at the National Fire Protection Association when it comes to grilling:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors. (rather obvious but hey you never know)
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

  • Charcoal grills

    • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
    • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
    • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
    • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
    • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

    Propane grills

    Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year.  Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose.  A propane leak will release bubbles.  If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill.  If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.  If the leak does not stop, call the fire department.  If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department.  Do not move the grill. 


    We wish everyone a great summer and hope you enjoy vacations, picnics and plenty of meals on the grill.  Feel free to share your summer recipes in the comment section too.

    Give us a call at 412-816-1000 or visit us online at for any insurance needs we can assist you with.

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

    4th of July Holiday Hours

    4th of July Office Hours:
    Thursday, July 3rd:       Office will close at 3:00 pm
    Friday, July 4th:            Office closed in honor of the Holiday
    Monday, July 6th:         Regular office hours resumed
                       (8:30 am to 4:30 pm)
    Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable 4th of July weekend from Pinnacle Insurance.  Give us a call at 412-816-1000 or visit us online at for any insurance needs we can assist you with.