Karl Newman, President
Sandi Henke, Communications Director
NW Insurance Council
Phone: (800) 664-4942
Fax: (206) 624-1975
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Safe Outdoor Grilling: Common sense a key ingredient
SEATTLE - Grilling outdoors is a terrific way to enjoy warm
weather with friends and family. However, common sense is the
key ingredient to prevent your summer from becoming tragic and
costly, because an improperly handled grill can cause fires and
poorly-connected propane tanks can be explosive.
Common sense is the key ingredient to prevent your holiday from
becoming tragic and costly.
From 2006 to 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to an average
of 8,600 home fires each year involving grills, hibachis or barbecues.
These 8,600 fires averaged 10 civilian deaths, 140 civilian injuries
and $75 million in direct property damage each year, according
to the National
Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Backyard grillers with Homeowners Insurance
can have peace of mind knowing that standard Homeowners policies
cover injury to others and damage to your home, its contents and
structures on your property caused by fire.
"Your Homeowners policy covers damage from fire caused by a barbecuing
accident," said Karl Newman, NW Insurance Council president. "However,
the cost, hassle and danger associated with a fire can be reduced
or eliminated by following common-sense safety guidelines that
can make an insurance claim unnecessary."
For furniture and personal belongings, most companies provide
replacement cost coverage up
to 70 percent of the amount of insurance you have on the structure
of your home, subject to both your deductible and policy limitations
for special items such as jewelry, furs or antiques.
NW Insurance Council offers these tips
to help you safely enjoy your barbecue this Fourth of July:
- When ready to barbecue, wear a heavy apron and an oven mitt
that fits high up over your forearm.
- With gas grills, make sure the gas cylinder is always stored
outside and away from your house. Make sure valves are off when
you are not using them. Regularly check for leaks in the connections
using a soap and water mix that will show bubbles where gas
- Keep your barbecue grill on a level surface away from the
house. Be sure to leave sufficient space between the grill and
siding, eaves, garage and landscaping.
- For charcoal grills, only use starter fluids designed for
those grills. Never use gasoline, and only use a limited amount
of starter fluid. If the fire is too low, add dry kindling and
more charcoal if necessary. Never add more liquid fuel to a
burning grill. You could experience a flash fire.
- Be sure to soak the coals with water before you put them in
For more information on grilling safety and Homeowners Insurance,
contact NW Insurance Council at (800)
NW Insurance Council is a nonprofit, public-education organization
funded by member insurance companies serving Washington, Oregon