Fourth of July is one of the biggest grilling weekends of the year. Summertime is a big time for families and friends to host parties -many times they’re grilling out or cooking with open flames. It’s important that if you’re hosting a gathering, you’re aware of all the risks and are adequately prepared if you become liable in the case of an accident.
Bob Rusbuldt, CEO and President with Independent Insurance Agents says the host may be liable if someone is injured when grilling at summer parties.
Most people have moved away from the old charcoal grills to gas grills, there’s pros and cons to both. With most people having gas grills now, safety is very important. It’s important to clean your gas grill at the beginning of each season. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher near the grill at all times. Always use the grill starter button.
Rusbuldt says a lot of this is just common sense.
You don’t wear loose-fitting clothes around the grill with flames, follow manufacturers directions carefully. And with an outdoor fire pit, which are popular in more rural areas, make sure you keep your kids away from the flames. They’re usually ground level and there’s open coals and fire right on the ground and kids and pets sometimes get too open to those open flames.
He says that keeping your grill clean and in good working order is another way to prevent accidents.
Many times grills wear out after awhile, the starter button’s broken. People try some very innovative ways to try to start the grill around gas and of course you can imagine the problems there. You know, a lot of this is common sense.
In a national survey, more than 98.6 million households, said they plan to host a party or a social gathering this summer. It’s important that if you’re hosting a gathering, you’re aware of all the risks and are adequately prepared if you become liable in the case of an accident.