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BBQ Safety Tips & Tricks

Jun 15, 2017

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There’s no better time to unleash your inner pitmaster than summertime in Texas.

But before you light up that grill, make sure you’re set to BBQ like a pro with these quick tips for a safe and stress-free BBQ season.

Read The Owners Manual

Make sure you fully understand how your grill works and that is properly assembled.

Give your grill’s manual a good read and fully understand your equipment before you kick off your BBQ.

Dress to Impress

Dress for the pit. Avoid wearing loose or hanging clothing. Things like droopy shirts, sleeves, and wayward apron strings can drop over the grill and catch fire.

Use grilling gloves and long-handled utensils to keep your arms and hands safe from the heat and flames.

Keep it Clean

Grease is the leading source of flare ups & fires. If you allow grease and fat to build up on the grill, they provide more fuel for a potential fire.

Remove grease and fat buildup from both the grill and the tray below the grill to ensure you don’t have a flare-up.

Inspect Your Equipment

Fuel lines, hoses, and propane tanks can easily become pinched, torn, clogged, or otherwise ruined, making grilling a hazard.

Check for gas leaks by applying a light soap and water mixture to the hose, then turn on the gas. If any bubbles appear, shut off the gas immediately—you have a leak.

If you’re using an electric grill, inspect the wires and extensions cords you plan to use. Just like fuel lines, cords can degrade over time and become unsafe.

Be Ready To Put Out a Fire

Never use water to put out a grease fire.

Keep baking soda on hand to control small grease flare-ups. For larger flare-ups and fires, keep a bucket of sand next to the grill, or an extinguisher graded for grease fires.

Get Set to Grill

Set your grill up away all structures, and any flammable materials like low hanging branches. Gas and charcoal grills are designed for use outdoors, never use them indoors—including in garages, on patios, and in gazebos.

Be prepared to man the grill the entire time you’re BBQing. Fires can double in size every minute. Never leave a lit grill unattended.

Check Your Insurance Coverage

Make sure you’re covered in case something does go awry. Review your insurance policy before hosting any BBQs. Check for fire exclusions to your policy, and evaluate your level of liability insurance.

If you have questions, never hesitate to reach out to your insurance agent.

Curious about your coverage options? Reach out through the quick form below!

Happy BBQing, Ya’ll!

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