Grilling with Propane: Our Top Safety Tips
When you’re ready to cook a feast that tastes best cooked outside, you’ll need to prep the grill. Whether you’re in your backyard or out camping, we think your safety should come first. Here’s a list of gas grilling tips, because we value our customers and want you to enjoy a safe and relaxing meal.
Grilling Safety Dos:
- Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house, garage, porch, overhangs, and any other flammable items.
- Clean your grill regularly. Grease and fat can build up which can lead to major flare-ups and fires.
- Check for gas leaks. If you smell gas, and it is safe to do so, turn off the cylinder valve, turning it to the right (clockwise). If you are unable to turn off the valve, immediately leave the area and dial 911 or call your local fire department. Before you use the grill again, have a qualified service technician inspect your grill and cylinder.
- Follow the grill manufacturer’s lighting instructions. And with all grill models, keep the lid open until it is lit and don’t lean over the grill when lighting it.
- Keep a spray bottle of water handy in case of a minor flare-up. In the event of a larger fire, it’s also important to have a fire extinguisher close by.
- Store propane cylinders outdoors in an upright (vertical) position.
Grilling Safety Don’ts:
- Don’t leave your grill unattended. Keep your children and pets a safe distance from the grill – not only while it’s lit, but also for at least an hour after you use it.
- Don’t re-light the grill right away. If the flame goes out while using your gas grill, turn the grill and the gas off, then wait at least five minutes before re-lighting it.
- Don’t use matches or lighters to check for propane leaks.
- Don’t pour an accelerant such as lighter fluid or gasoline on the grill.
- Don’t ever use a grill indoors or in any enclosed area. In addition to being a fire hazard, grills release carbon monoxide, which can be extremely dangerous for you, your family, and your pets.
- Don’t use, store, or transport propane cylinders near high temperatures (this includes storing spare cylinders near the grill).
Be prepared and pick up a new propane cylinder today, so you don’t have to run out just when you have everything marinated to perfection. If you have an existing cylinder that needs to be recertified, you can drop it off at our store—we’ll conduct a safety check and re-certify your cylinder for you. Find our locations here or call us today.