People choose propane because propane grills light instantly, have a
controlled flame, heats faster than charcoal, and releases less carbon
monoxide, particulate matter, and soot. When firing up your propane grill this
summer and throughout the year, remember these important safety tips:
· Always grill in a well-ventilated area away from the home,
decks, or porches and never grill under tree branches, eaves,
awnings, in an enclosed patio or in a garage.
· Keep combustible materials like dry grass, wood, or debris at
least 10 feet away from propane grills and cylinders.
· Check grill’s hose for cracking, brittleness, holes, and leaks.
· Replace hose according to manufacturer’s instructions if any
of these signs occur. Also, make sure there aren’t any sharp
bends in the hose or tubing.
· Never use and always replace any tank that has holes,
dents, rust, cracks, or other damage.
· Keep it clean. According to the National Fire Protection
Association, failure to clean the grill was the leading factor
contributing to 1/4 of all grill fires. Always remove grease or
at buildup from the grill and in trays below.
· Keep the top of the grill open until you are sure it is lit. If it does
not ignite right away, turn off the cylinder and the grill and wait 5
minutes, before turning them back on and re-lighting.
· When refilling or replacing a propane cylinder, transport in a secure,
upright (vertical) position in a well-ventilated area in your vehicle and
take it home immediately.
· Keep propane tanks outdoors. Never store propane tanks in the home, garage or shed.
· Don’t leave your grill defenseless. Always cover your grill when not in use to protect it from the elements. Rain, the sun and even the wind can take a toll on your grill.
For more propane grilling safety, please refer to the grill manufacturer’s instructions.