Safety Tips For Your Propane Grill
Written on: April 20, 2021
Spring is in full swing – which means it’s time to get cooking on your propane grill (don’t have one yet? We can help with that!).
Just be sure to do it safely: each year, thousands of patients are admitted to emergency rooms because of grill accidents, most often for reasons that could be easily avoided with a little precaution and preparation.
Safe Grilling Reminders
Here are some reminders for how to grill safely this summer.
- Clean your propane grill after each use to avoid flare-ups when cooking. Leftover grease causes about 20 percent of grill fires – more than any other factor.
- Keep your grill outdoors and at least five feet from the house on a level surface that is clear of outdoor furniture, overhead trees, or other potential fire hazards.
- Before using a propane gas grill, check hoses for kinks, cracks or damage.
- Keep a fire extinguisher near your propane grill; make sure everyone knows where it is.
- Never leave a propane grill unattended.
- Use barbecue utensils with long handles (forks, tongs, etc.) to avoid burns.
- Keep your propane grill cover open until you’re sure the grill is lit – even if you have electronic ignition.
- When you’re finished cooking, make sure to turn off both the burner control and the cylinder valve.
- Always store propane cylinders outdoors in their vertical position.
- When transporting your tank, put it in a secure, well-ventilated location in your vehicle. Place it upright with the valve off, and take it directly to the refilling location. Do not leave the tank unaccompanied in the vehicle!
- When you’re taking your tank to be refilled, check for dents, rust, or leaks.
- Never grill in enclosed areas, where deadly carbon monoxide can accumulate.
Did you know that Briles Oil & Gas offers 20-lb propane cylinder refills at its Asheboro, Denton and Ramseur locations? Now you do! Don’t get caught short of gas at your next cookout – visit us today!