According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 8,200 home fires involving grills, barbecues and hibachis per year.
Houston, Texas (PRWEB) July 02, 2012
Locally based Houston insurance agency, Noltensmeyer Insurance Services, LLC provides safety tips to help residents of Texas avoid facing grill-related home insurance claims this July. Between the Fourth of July and graduation parties, many TX homeowners will be firing up the grill or smokers and having guests over for cookouts. Cookouts should be fun and carefree, but it takes the proper precautions for avoid insurance claims related to cookouts. It is important for locals to know what precautions to take and what could potentially cause a fire.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8,200 home fires involving grills, barbecues and hibachis per year. Out of this number, 4,800 were outside fires while the other 3,400 were structure fires. The scary part: Annual averages included 15 fatalities, 120 injuries and about $75 million in direct property damage.
With such alarming statistics, the agents at Noltensmeyer Insurance Services would like to remind summertime grillers to:
- Keep a watchful eye while grilling to keep small children and pets away from harm.
- Keep charcoal fluid away from heat sources.
- Never dispose of hot ashes on the lawn. Dispose in metal containers only.
- Avoid keeping your grill close to your home or on your deck/patio. Grills should be at least 2 feet away from wood or vinyl siding, deck railings, trees, etc.
- Use long-handled tools to keep hands at a safe distance.
- Periodically check for gas leaks.
- Never grill inside your house.
- Avoid wearing lose clothing.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy.
The most important thing for Texas residents to remember is to protect their property from unfortunate grilling accidents. Summer cookouts should be fun and should never end in flames! Noltensmeyer Insurance Services is ready to protect locals from such perils by providing Houston insurance for homeowners in addition to Dallas insurance, San Antonio insurance, and insurance for the rest of Texas. Once the local residents are covered, it is time to have fun, celebrate and enjoy grilling season!
About Noltensmeyer Insurance Services, LLC:
Located in the heart of Houston, Noltensmeyer Insurance Services, LLC is proud to serve the entire state of Texas. The agency continually offers quality coverage and superior customer service while offering low rates due to its Nationwide carrier. The 20 agents that comprise Noltensmeyer Insurance Services, LLC write auto, home, commercial and health insurance policies. The agency’s staff is divided into teams to help assist its clients who have specific insurance needs.