BBQ & Grilling Safety Tips for a Safe 4th

This Sunday marks America’s 234th year of independence. 

Like most people, there is a good chance you will be celebrating July 4th with parades, fireworks and cookouts.

Here are tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for safeguarding your family.

Gas grill safety tips

When cooking outdoors with a gas grill, check the air tubes that lead into the burner for any blockage from insects, spiders or food grease, and follow these tips to reduce the risk of fire or explosion:

1. Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.

2. Move gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease.

3. Always keep propane gas containers upright.

4. Never store a spare gas container under or near the grill or indoors.

5. Never store or use flammable liquids, like gasoline, near the grill.

6. Never keep a filled container in a hot car or car trunk. Heat will cause the gas pressure to increase, which may open the relief valve and allow gas to escape.

Charcoal grill safety tips

1. Charcoal produces carbon monoxide (CO) when it is burned. CO is a colorless, odorless gas that can accumulate to toxic levels in closed environments. To reduce the risk of CO poisoning:

2. Never burn charcoal inside of homes, vehicles, tents or campers.

3. Charcoal should never be used indoors, even if ventilation is provided.

4. Since charcoal produces CO fumes until the charcoal is completely extinguished, do not store the grill indoors with freshly used coals.

5. Every year there are thousands of Emergency Room visits due to grilling accidents, we hope these tips will help you avoid becoming one of them.

Have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July from all of us at Stromsoe Insurance Agency!

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