Propane Grill Safety Tips For Your Summer Fun
Memorial Day is just around the corner, and although the celebration might not be as big this year as it has been in the past, that doesn’t mean you can’t fire up your propane barbecue grill for a delicious meal with the family.
Just be sure, as always, to practice propane safety when grilling. Here are ten reminders to help you grill right in the coming months.
10 Reminders About Propane Grilling
- If you haven’t done a proper cleaning of your propane grill yet this year, take the time to do it now: not only will your grill operate better and more safely, but a good cleaning will help your grill last longer. Check out this two-minute video from Consumer Reports for suggestions on how to properly maintain your propane grill.
- Keep propane grills propane gas cylinders outdoors at all times; never store or use them indoors or in a garage, covered shed or carport. Not only is this a fire hazard, it operating a grill indoors can also create a buildup of carbon monoxide – an odorless and potentially deadly gas.
- Clean your grates after you grill; leftover grease is among the most common causes of grill fires.
- Always use your grill on a level surface and at least five feet away from the house or anything that could catch fire, such as overhead branches or furniture.
- Open the lid before you light the grill, and keep it open until you’re sure it has been lit. A closed grill can cause propane gas to build up and create an explosion risk.
- Unattended grills are the cause of half of cooking fire-related injuries, according to the National Fire Prevention Association, Once the grill is lit, stand nearby.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill.
- Keep one part of your grill surface empty so you can easily move food to there if a flare-up occurs. After the food is moved, keep the grill lid up to burn off the flare-up.
- If the flare-up spreads, remove all the food from the grill; turn off the burners and gas.
- When you’re done grilling, turn off all the burners and close the cylinder valve before you leave the grill to go eat.