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Grill Safety


Grilling season has officially started in Edina. Whether you are using charcoal or gas, there is no doubt that grilling adds a delicious taste to your dinner. After a grill has been sitting outside all winter, it is a good idea to check your grill before use, especially a gas grill. Make sure your grill is a safe distance from any structures, shrubs, trees or any debris that may be flammable. Although our weather in Edina has been mild, we still are experiencing some cold snaps, so make sure you are only using your grills outdoors. According to U.S. Fire Administration, the leading contributing factor to a grill fire is a malfunctioning grill.

Grilling can be healthy way to prepare your favorite meals, but it also can potentially be dangerous. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, from 2006 to 2008 an estimated 5,700 grill fires occurred on residential property each year. Grill fires resulted in an estimated average of 100 injuries, 10 deaths and $37 million in property loss each year. Your typical homeowners insurance would provide coverage in the event of a grilling fire, but it would be subject to your deductible. A grilling fire can be an expensive homeowners insurance claim, but make sure your grill is fully operational and in good repair before each use.

Before you use your grill make sure it is clean. Remove any build-up from the grill grates and any grease that may have accumulated over time. If you are using a gas grill, check all of the connection points to make sure they are secure. After that, check the hosing, connecting the propane tank to the grill burners. Check the hosing with a light soapy and water solution, if any bubbles appear, turn off the propane tank immediately and replace the weathered hosing. If there are no bubbles, the grill is ready to use. Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby.

Place your grill in a safe place, make sure it is away from the home, or any other structures, and is not exhausting up the eaves of the home. Grills will maintain heat for a while, and can remain hot for over an hour, so make sure to keep children and pets a safe distance away. The best way to enjoy a nice barbecue is to take steps to make sure the grill is operating safely.