July/August Tip of the Month - Outdoor Grill Safety Tips:

  1. knapp insurance grill safety tipCheck to see if your grill has been recalled. You can go to SaferProducts.gov. If your grill has been recalled stop using it until it is properly repaired or replaced.
  2. Be sure your grill is placed on even ground and well balanced and keep away from the home, deck, railings, eaves and tree branches. Use grills outside only.  Never use a grill indoors or in a breezeway, carport, porch, garage or near or under a surface that will burn.
  3. Inspect the hoses on a gas grill for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing and that all connections are secure. Replace if necessary. Keep the grill hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease.
  4. Check for gas leaks.  Brush a soapy solution at the connection.  If bubbles appear there is a leak.  Try tightening the tank.  If that does not stop the leak, close the gas valve and have the grill repaired by a professional.
  5. Is the grill clean? Regularly cleaning the grill will reduce the risk of flare-ups and grease fires. Check your owner’s manual for details on grill cleaning and cleaning the grease trap.
  6. Never leave a grill unattended. If a flare-up occurs, adjust the controls on the gas grill or spread out the coals on a charcoal grill to lower the temperature. If a grease fire occurs, turn off the gas grill and use baking soda and or a kitchen fire extinguisher to put out the fire.   Use long handled cooking utensils to prevent burns from flare ups.
  7. Outside surfaces of a grill can get extremely hot and burn when touched.  Keep children and pets away from the grill area. Also keep your grill away from play areas and high foot traffic areas.

Knapp Insurance Agency wishes you a happy and fun summer.   Enjoy your outdoor grilling!

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