From State Farm:
Gas and charcoal grills can create a great summer meal.
But each year they can also lead to:
- House fires resulting in 10 fatalities and 140 injuries.
- 16,900 emergency room visits.
- $96 million in property damage.
- From 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an annual average of 8,800 grill fires.
- 82% (7,200) were caused by gas grills.
- 16% (1,400) were caused by charcoal and other solid-fueled grills. (1)
5 Tips for Safer Grilling:
1. CHECK THE GAS LINES.
The leading cause of gas grill fires is a fuel line lead or break.
Inspect the lines for cracking, sharp bends and brittleness.
Rub soapy water on the line and look for bubbling to test for leaks.
2. GRILL IN WELL-VENTILATED AREAS.
Charcoal grills caused 8 carbon monoxide-related fatalities in 2011.
Never grill inside a home, tent, vehicle or camper.
3. USE COMBUSTIBLES CAUTIOUSLY.
18% of grill fires result from a grill being too close to combustibles.
Keep lighter fluids capped and a safe distance away from the grill.
Never add lighter fluid to hot coals.
Never use gasoline or kerosene as a starter fluid.
4. CLEAN YOUR GRILL.
Stuck-on char can increase your risk of cancer if consumed.
Clean grates and grease pans to prevent flare-ups.
Wait 48 hours before disposing of charcoal ashes.
5. CREATE A SAFE ZONE.
Children younger than 5 accounted for 37% of emergency room visits for contact burns in 2012.
Keep children, pets and play areas away from grills.
Grill at least 10 feet away from buildings.
Never leave a grill unattended.
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Don Tipps State Farm Insurance
2700 S Western Street