Barbecue safety tips to keep you safe for National Barbecue Month!
May is National Barbecue Month! With Memorial Day approaching, it’s time to get the grill ready for summer. But before you get to cooking, make sure that you know what to do in the event of a grilling mishap. Check out these barbecue safety tips to help keep you safe all season long.
- Grill outside. Be sure to keep your barbecue outside. If you bring your barbecue inside, you risk carbon monoxide poisoning which can lead to death. Be sure that you always grill in a well-ventilated area.
- Keep a safe distance from the house. Barbecues require flames which can lead to house fires. Make sure to keep your barbecue at least 10 feet away from your home or anything else that’s flammable like tree branches or patio furniture, to reduce your risk of a fire.
- Prevent grease fires. When you cook on the barbecue, the fat and oils from the foods drip onto the barbecue. As they build up, they increase your risk of a grease fire. Be sure to reduce your risk by cleaning the grill after each use and by limiting the amount of food you cook at a time. Too much food at one time increases your risk.
- Keep a watchful eye on the grill. A disaster could happen in a matter of seconds. Be sure to watch your grill as you’re cooking so that you can take immediate action if needed.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy. In the event of a fire, make sure that you’re prepared. Ensure that you have a fire extinguisher on hand, and if a fire does break out, be sure to call the fire department.
Be sure that you stay safe throughout the summer with these barbecue safety tips. Contact the professionals at Steve Wilk Insurance Agency for assistance finding the best insurance for your lifestyle. Located in Lombard, Illinois, we serve all your personal and commercial insurance needs.