Summer Fire Safety Tips | How insurance can protect your home

School’s out, pools are open – the obvious next natural step is to fire up the grill. Did you know though that open flames and cooking equipment, such as barbeques and smokers, were the leading cause of house fires in all of Canada? Together, cooking equipment and smoker’s equipment/open flames consistently account for 6 out of 10 residential fires. So before you pull out the hot dogs and steaks, you should run through these safety tips and bylaws first. 

Safety Tips: 

Clean your barbecue of dirt or debris that could have built up over the fall and winter. You should also clean the burn ports of your grill.

Check your tank and barbecue hose for any leaks, damages, or cracks. Make sure the connection is secure and in good condition. 

When starting and lighting your grill, always have the lid open. 

Always remember to switch off your gas source and the controls on your grill. 


Open air burning is usually not allowed unless it is a grill/barbecue that corresponds with the food that it is cooking OR an appliance is in use that has been assembled correctly. h

Fire bylaws may vary between each municipality so always check with your fire department first; for example, open air burning (like fire pits, fireplaces, bonfires) is not permitted in Toronto except for rare circumstances. 

In a world of freak accidents and human errors, sometimes the worst can still happen.  With home insurance though, you’ll always be prepared for any mishaps with the BBQ. Fire damage is usually covered in your homeowner’s policy (although intentional or criminal acts are not.) If you’re not sure you have the right coverage for your property, we can help you out at Foxquilt because you’re a part of our community; we’re here for you. 

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