Monthly Archives: May 2017

Summers mean backyard grilling – safely!

Grill Flames

Just like hamburgers and hot dogs, a sizzling grill is a symbol of summer and grilling isn’t just about great food. Backyard barbecues often create treasured memories with friends and family.

Keep in mind, however, that when you grill, you’re literally playing with fire. Thousands of residents each year learn this the hard way, suffering damage to their homes or even serious injuries in grilling accidents.

There’s good news, though: You can prevent grilling accidents by taking some simple precautions. The tips below can help ensure you cook only your burgers — and not your house — the next time you fire up the grill.

  • Your grill, whether gas or charcoal, should be on a level surface outdoors, away from anything that could be ignited by flames (bushes, fences, etc.).
  • NEVER use a grill indoors. Odorless carbon monoxide fumes could kill you.
  • Keep your grill clean and well-maintained. Check parts regularly to determine if replacements are needed.
  • Never leave a hot grill unattended or let children play near it.
  • Do not add lighter fluid directly to hot coals. The flame could travel up the stream of fluid and burn you.
  • Never use gasoline or kerosene to light a charcoal fire.
  • Use flame-retardant mitts and long-handled barbecue tongs, as coals can reach up to 1,000 degrees.
  • To dispose of coals, allow the ashes to cool for at least 48 hours before disposal in a non-combustible container. If you cannot wait 48 hours, carefully place coals individually in a can of sand or bucket of water.
GAS GRILL TIPS (From the National Fire Protection Association)
  • Check your grill’s hoses for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If you have a leak, and it will not stop after the grill and gas is turned off, call the fire department. If the leak stops when the grill and gas are turned off, have your grill serviced by a professional.
    If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
  • Do not keep a filled propane tank in a hot car or trunk. When getting containers refilled, make that your last stop before going home.
  • Store propane tanks in an upright position, and never indoors.

From all of us at Knight Magee Insurance, happy grilling, and stay safe this summer!

Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Day

Category : KMI

Liam Magee

We want to wish our clients and friends a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

For the first time in 6 years, we have decided to close our office from Thursday, May 25th through Monday, May 29th. It is important to us that our entire team enjoy this time off with family and friends.

During this time, please contact your carrier directly to report a claim or process a payment. Carrier contact information can be found by visiting our website at However, If you have an urgent matter or question about your policy and need to reach us directly, please contact Sierra on her cell at 804-901-0925.

As always we truly appreciate your support and business!

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

May is Foster Care Awareness Month

Category : General , KMI

National Foster Care Awareness

More than 400,000 American children and youth are in foster care looking for their forever homes. Most children in foster care live in a family setting, but a decent amount live in group homes without the love and support they deserve.

Because May is Foster Care Awareness Month, we feel this is the perfect time to update our friends and family on our journey. This year Kate and I decided to start the process to become Foster parents. We are currently attending weekly classes, undergoing a home study process, and essentially sharing every aspect of our lives with the City of Richmond in the hopes they ultimately choose us to be Foster moms.

Our decision to foster didn’t come lightly. Sometimes I wish it were something we pursued sooner, but I realize it took other steps to get us here. We aren’t completely sure what the future holds or what this will mean for our family, but what is certain is we have more than enough room in our home and hearts for another child (or more).

We are passionate about this and as you know we like to share our passions. Stay tuned and hopefully we will be welcoming another child into our home in the near future.

What can you do to help? Join your community, be a mentor, or learn about being a foster parent. Check out the Foster Care Month 2017 web page:


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