AAA Reminds Grillers to be Safe During Barbeque Season

Indianapolis, IN – June 30, 2017 – Summer means warmer weather, more daylight and outdoor cooking. Before firing up your grill, consider some important tips from AAA Hoosier Motor Club for safe summer barbecues.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, June and July are the peak months for summer grill fires, with nearly 9,000 fires caused by grills, hibachis and other barbecues each year.
“Grilling season is a great time to enjoy friends, family, food and the outdoors, but accidents can happen,” said Greg Seiter, public affairs manager with AAA Hoosier Motor Club. “Before you barbecue, take a few minutes to review grilling safety tips and to ensure your equipment is working properly.”
Safe barbecuing tips
  • Before grilling, read and follow the owner’s manual for the grill you plan to use.
  • Place your grill at least 10 feet away from walls and deck railings to prevent fires from igniting buildings. Keep your grill away from decorations, such as hanging plants and umbrellas.
  • Never grill indoors or in confined locations; charcoal grills produce carbon monoxide fumes that are fatal in unventilated areas.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby, and know how to use it.
  • Never leave a grill burning unattended.
  • Grease can cause flare-up fires. Keep things clean by removing grease and fat build-up from the grill and grill trays.
  • If the flame on your grill goes out, turn the grill and gas off. Wait at least 15 minutes before relighting and always make sure your grill lid is open before igniting.

Grill maintenance and storage

  • When setting up at the start of grilling season, check grill hoses for cracks, holes and blockages. Blockages caused by food drippings or insects can be cleared with a wire or pipe cleaner.
  • Run a soap solution – one part liquid soap, one part water – along hoses and at connections. If the solution bubbles, then there is a gas leak that needs repair.
  • Store propane tanks outside and away from your home. Always check to ensure that valves are turned off.

What your insurance covers

  • Following the tips above may help prevent a grill fire spreading to your home, but if a fire does occur, a standard homeowners policy typically covers the following:
  1. Damage to the primary residence
  2. Damage to personal possessions, such as tables or lawn chairs
  3. Damage to insured structures on your property, such as sheds or gazebos
  4. Injuries to a guest, under the liability portion of the policy
To find out more about homeowners, condo, or renters insurance, call your AAA agent at 317-612-2643 / 888-222-2245, visit or download the AAA app to see what discounts you may be eligible for and what type of coverage you might need.
About AAA Hoosier Motor Club
AAA Hoosier Motor Club is a fully tax-paying, not-for-profit corporation with more than 300 employees that offers membership benefits, emergency roadside service, insurance and travel agency services both online and through 14 retail outlets across the state. The 435,000-member affiliate of the American Automobile Association (AAA) works for the enhancement of safety and the overall improvement of travel conditions within its 50-county Indiana territory. AAA is the largest motoring and leisure travel organization in North America with more than 56 million members. Additionally, AAA Insurance has been protecting the cars, homes and financial security of Hoosiers for more than 80 years.

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