Its the summer here on the treasure coast! The weather is sizzling just like our grills!
Hot dogs and Hamburgers are the sign of summer. Back yard barbecues created wonderful memories with family and friends.
We must always keep in mind though that when your grilling you are literally playing with fire. Its easy for a great memory to turn into something scary. From burn injuries to damage to your home.
Here are some tips to help make sure you only cook the burgers on the grill.
Whether you prefer gas or charcoal, you should keep your grill on a level surface, away from any thing that is flammable (bushes, palm trees, fences, etc.). Never take your grill indoors! Carbon monoxide fumes are deadly. Also never leave your grill unattended or around children at play.
TIPS FOR CHARCOAL GRILLS
For our Charcoal lovers you should never add lighter fluid directly to hot coals. A flame can travel up the stream and burn you. You should also never use gasoline or kerosene to start your charcoals. Use flame -retardant mitts or long handled tongs, coals can reach up to 1,000 degrees. You can find these supplies all at our local Walmart or Home Depot here in Sebastian or Vero Beach. When your grilling is done you want to allow the ashes to cool for at least 48 hours before disposing in a non combustible container.
TIPS FOR GAS GRILLS
Gas Grills are another choice for making delicious summer meals. Before you start to cook check for leaks in hoses. Turn on your grill and apply light soapy water to the hose if there is a leak bubbles will release. Once you turn the grill off the bubbles should stop and you can call a professional to service it. If you turn the propane take off and bubbles continue make a call to your local fire department.
If your in the middle of cooking and start to smell gas remove yourself from the grills surrounding area and call the fire department. Never move your grill!
You do not want to keep propane filled tanks in your car or tuck. We live in Florida our vehicles get extremely hot and this is a serious danger. Make sure your last stop on the way home is to refill your grills tank. When storing propane tanks make sure they’re in an upright position and never indoors.
From all of us at Sebastian Insurance , happy grilling and stay safe!
Article by Megz Montalvan