Barbecued burgers are delicious. Barbecued homes, not so much. In 2014, the National Fire Protection Association reports, there were 1,298,000 fires in the United States. Make sure your barbecue doesn’t add to this year’s totals by heeding some basic safety tips.
Be Safe While Barbecuing
In general, barbecuing is a perfectly safe way to cook. It does involve high temperatures, fire, and at times lighter fluid or propane. Therefore, it’s important to exercise some common sense when using a grill. Specifically, you should:
- watch your grill at all times
- make sure your grill is away from your house
- supervise children and pets near the grill
- avoid wearing flammable clothes while grilling
- keep a fire extinguisher on hand
Sometimes it’s tempting to avoid grabbing a fire extinguisher or step away from a grill for a moment, because it seems like you could quickly get the fire extinguisher or return to the grill if you needed to. Fires can flare up quickly when barbecuing, though, so you should always heed these safety tips. They may be simple steps, but keeping them in mind will greatly reduce the risk of fire when you’re barbecuing.
Find Insurance Coverage for Your Grill
Even if you are the safest grill master, you should still have insurance coverage for your grill. You won’t find an insurance policy written just for your grill, but many insurance policies include coverage for grills. If you haven’t checked recently, look at your homeowners, condo or renters insurance policy to see if it covers grills.
For help checking your insurance policy, contact us. Even if you didn’t purchase your homeowners, condo or renters insurance policy through us, our agents would be happy to read through it with you and offer suggestions. Hopefully, you already have coverage for your grill. If you don’t, we’ll make sure to find you a policy that does include coverage for when you barbecue.