Our Summer Backyard Safety Tips

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Our Summer Backyard Safety Tips

15:23 29 June in Insurance

Summer is finally here, and it is not to be taken for granted. As we cherish these few months of sunburns and barbeques, it is far too easy to distract ourselves from potential harm in our own backyards. Through experience gained among our family at Ihry Insurance, we are here to keep you safe by sharing our backyard safety tips for the summer season.

  1. Grill Master

As our inner Bobby Flay comes out of hibernation, our overwhelming excitement can blind us from the very serious dangers of grilling.

Propane grills

    • Make sure all connection points between the propane tank hose and the regulator, as well as where the hose connects to the burners, are secure.
    • Check hose for leaks.
      • Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose, using a spray bottle. Turn the propane tank on. If a gas leak is present, bubbles will appear at the puncture location or loose connection. Have a professional service these leaks.
      • If no bubbles are present, you’re good to go.
      • If the propane tank itself is leaking , call the fire department immediately.

Charcoal grills

      • Use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid, or any other flammable liquids, to the fire.
      • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
      • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing.

As for general grilling safety tips, keep your grill on a level surface and away from anything that has the potential to catch fire. Common sense is a great ally here. These general tips also apply to fire pits.

 

      1. Fix Yer Darn Yard

From large tree roots to pesky critters, tripping hazards are very real source of injury for friends and family. Conduct a thorough inspection of your yard, being sure to focus on holes, roots, and areas of aggressive unevenness. As for the fixes:

      • Large tree root. While maintaining exposure of sun and air to the top of the root, add soil and grass seed around the root.
      • Holes. Simply fill all holes with dirt and add grass seed. If these holes are due to an aggressive pest issue, contact a professional pest controller.
      • Unevenness. If extreme, consider hiring a professional to topdress your lawn.
      1. Pesticide Caution

Stop slapping yourself. Although we HIGHLY recommend hiring a professional pest control service, we know some of you are DIYers. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, applying pesticides has the potential to be extremely detrimental, if done negligently.  The best way to eliminate the risk of pesticide poisoning altogether is to prevent pests from inhabiting your yard in the first place:

      • Keep close tabs on standing water and leaky irrigation pipes. Standing water is a mosquito haven.
      • For the furry guys, living quarters, such as excessive leaf debris and woodpiles, need to be eliminated.

When applying pesticide:

      • Although typically pet- and human-friendly, NEVER apply pesticides with children or pets nearby. Once applied, avoid any exposure until the pesticides have dried. Not only will this prevent any health issues, it also allows the pesticide to do its job properly.
      • Never apply pesticides if winds are greater than 10 MPH. Three to 7 MPH are ideal conditions for pesticide spraying. We know these conditions don’t present themselves often in this area, so make sure to watch for perfect days like this.
      • Always wear protective eyewear and keep all skin covered.
      • FOLLOW the manufacturer’s instruction carefully. These aren’t opinions.

At Ihry, we know we can’t completely prevent accidents from happening, but in the event that they do, it’s important to make sure you are covered. Understanding your homeowners insurance policy is the first step to do this.