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:
- 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 grillsCheck 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.
OverallWe 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.
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