23 May 2019
close up of charcoal grill

Stay safe at your Memorial Day barbecue.

Planning on firing up your grill this Memorial Day?  If so, then it’s important that you keep the safety of your home and guests in mind.  While grilling up a couple of burgers and dogs sounds fool-proof, many home fires and injuries are caused by improper grill use.  So, stay safe at your Memorial Day barbecue with these tips.

  • Be Patient

If you are using a gas grill and your fire goes out, then turn the gas off.  Wait at least five minutes before turning the gas back on and attempting to relight the fire.  This will allow the accumulated gas in the area to dissipate and reduce the chances of an explosion when you go to relight your grill.

  • Be Attentive

When your grill is lit, you should never leave it unattended.  You should also make sure that kids and pets do not get too close while the fire is on.  Finally, do not attempt to move a hot grill as this will increase your chances of burning yourself or dropping the grill and starting a fire.

  • Use Starter Fluid Responsibly

If you have a charcoal grill, then make sure that you only use charcoal starter fluid.  If your fire is getting low, then do not remedy the problem by adding more fluid as this could cause a serious flareup or explosion.

  • Dress Smart

When grilling, it’s important that you wear the right clothing to ensure that you do not catch on fire.  Try wearing short-sleeved shirts that will not drag over the fire.  Additionally, make sure your hair and apron strings are not in danger of catching fire as well.

These are some of the grilling safety suggestions that you should keep in mind this Memorial Day.  Want another way to protect your home and loved ones this holiday weekend.  Then make sure you have the right homeowners insurance in place.  For assistance with all your home coverage needs, contact the experts at Patterson & Associates in Richardson, Texas today.