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Practice grill safety this Fourth of July

TOPEKA, Kan. – With the Fourth of July holiday here, the Kansas Department of Insurance reminds Kansans to prioritize safety when grilling outdoors. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, about 5,700 grill fires cause an average of $37 million in damage annually.

“A grill fire can quickly turn into a devastating house fire, so taking a few precautions can help ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday for everyone,” said Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt.

The Department suggests the following safety tips to help Kansans prevent grill fires:

  • Maintain your grill. Before each use, check your grill for leaks or loose connections in the propane hose. Clean any grease buildup from the grill and surrounding areas.
  • Choose a safe location. Place your grill on a level, stable surface away from your home, siding, deck railings or overhanging eaves. Never grill indoors or in an enclosed space.
  • Keep an extinguisher nearby. Having a fire extinguisher readily available is crucial for extinguishing small fires quickly. Never leave a grill unattended.

Remember to check your homeowners insurance to ensure it covers damage caused by grill fires. The insurance department encourages Kansans to contact their insurance agent to discuss their homeowners insurance coverage and any limitations that may apply.

For more information, contact the Kansas Department of Insurance’s Consumer Assistance Division at 800-432-2484 or, or see

Information thanks to the Kansas Department of Insurance.

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