Safety Tips For Your Propane Grill

Written on: April 20, 2021

grilling with propane north carolinaSpring 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Before using a propane gas grill, check hoses for kinks, cracks or damage.
  4. Keep a fire extinguisher near your propane grill; make sure everyone knows where it is.
  5. Never leave a propane grill unattended.
  6. Use barbecue utensils with long handles (forks, tongs, etc.) to avoid burns.
  7. Keep your propane grill cover open until you’re sure the grill is lit – even if you have electronic ignition.
  8. When you’re finished cooking, make sure to turn off both the burner control and the cylinder valve.
  9. Always store propane cylinders outdoors in their vertical position.
  10. 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!
  11. When you’re taking your tank to be refilled, check for dents, rust, or leaks.
  12. 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!