Every year, what should be a fun outdoor occasion for family and friends instead turns into tragedy at nearly 9000 homes, causing deaths, injuries and costing millions in property damage. Lamunyon’s have seen quite a few disasters like this in the Hutchinson and Manhattan areas. A lot of damages can be covered by your homeowners policy, but why not take some precautions and avoid even having to make a claim? All types of grills represent a danger if used incorrectly or carelessly. The following is a brief, but by no means complete list, of precautions:
Use a propane or charcoal grill only outside and AWAY from deck railings, overhanging eves and branches.
Keep children and pets away from the grilling area.
Keep the grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grill itself and any trays underneath.
Never leave the grill unattended.
If using charcoal, use the charcoal starter fluid only to start the fire. Once going, never add it or any other flammable liquid to it.
When using charcoal grills, let the coals cool completely before disposing in a metal container.
For propane, check for leaks regularly using either soapy water or the smell test. If you smell gas, turn it off and get the grill serviced by a professional. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.