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Safe Grilling is Fun Grilling

Posted by admin VIP    06/08/2012 07:27 AM

GrillThe summer is just around the corner and with the warm days and evenings comes grilling season. Almost nothing can compare to the aroma of a hearty meal being prepared on a grill along with that amazing barbeque flavor.

Leaving the confines of our homes and venturing outside to enjoy our meals is exciting and fun and it’s something most New Englanders look forward too each year after the long winter and wet spring. However, it is also a time when accidents can occur if the grilling device is not functioning properly, poorly maintained or if some basic safety measures are not followed.

Your homeowners and renters insurance cover fires, including those ignited by cooking equipment, though nobody wants to experience such an unfortunate event. To avoid this there are several tips that can be followed to help prevent some of these accidents from occurring and the Hearth, Patio & Barbeque Association has published an excellent resource for grilling safety. Some of the topics touched upon include;


  • Read the owner’s manual for the grill before you use it.
  • Grills are for use outside, only.
  • Use in well-ventilated area.
  • Keep grill stable.
  • Follow electric codes.
  • Use long-handled utensils.
  • Wear safe clothing.   
  • Keep fire under control. 
  • Be ready to extinguish flames.
  • Consider placing a grill pad or splatter mat beneath your grill.
  • Never leave a grill unattended once lit.
  • Stay away from hot grill.
  • Don’t move a hot grill.


The HPBA has also put together a grilling safety Fact Sheet with more useful information pertaining to the various fuel sources used in grilling.  

Along with these tips, a little common sense goes a long way in greatly reducing the potential for a fire or injury resulting from the grilling experience. Happy grilling!

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