As the weather begins to warm up and the days get longer, many of us are looking forward to spending more time outdoors with family and friends. What better way to enjoy the beautiful weather than with delicious BBQ cooked on a gas grill? Before firing up your grill, be sure to take the appropriate safety precautions to avoid injury or fire.
Why is Grilling Safety Important?
Grilling has become an integral part of our modern culture, with over 60% of Americans owning a grill or smoker, according to Traeger’s BBQ and Grill Statistics for 2022. While grilling is a fun way to spend time outdoors, it’s important to remember to keep safety first, especially when it comes to propane tanks.
If you’re planning on using a gas grill with a 20-pound propane tank, there are some important safety tips to keep in mind.
Grilling Safety Do’s
1. Check Your Propane Tank for Leaks
Before using your propane grill, conduct a soap test to check for leaks. Apply a solution of soap and water to the tank and valves. Look for bubbles—if you see any, immediately move to a safe location before contacting your propane supply company. If possible, turn off the main gas supply valve.
2. Keep Your Grill Clean and Well-Maintained
Grill racks and grates should be cleaned after each use to prevent food buildup and maintain your grill’s performance. A thorough inspection of your grill should be conducted every six months to prevent fires.
3. Make Sure Your Tank is Properly Connected to Your Grill
Ensure that your propane tank is installed into the grill as outlined in the owner’s manual. Any other installation methods can cause stress on the tank or regulator, potentially leading to a gas leak.
4. Keep a Fire Extinguisher Nearby for Emergencies
Fire protection devices should be kept within a practical distance in case of an emergency. For combustible materials such as gasoline, ethanol or propane, store your Class B fire extinguisher in your garage, shed or workshop.
5. Turn Off the Propane Tank and Grill After Cooking
Turning off your propane tank and grill after you’ve finished cooking removes the possibility of wasting your fuel source and gas leaks. While it may be inconvenient, the safest option is to only turn on your grill and fuel source when you want to use them.
6. Store Your Grill Away From Your Home
All grills should be placed at least 10 feet away from your home unless otherwise noted in the owner’s manual. Never store your grill indoors or in an area with low-hanging branches.
7. Follow All Manufacturer Instructions
It’s critical to follow all instructions mentioned in the owner’s manual. Warranty information, such as proper lighting, cleaning and maintaining your grill are all examples of information in your owner’s manual.
Grilling Safety Don’ts:
1. Use a Damaged or Expired Propane Tank
While we understand that you don’t want any fuel to go to waste, we never recommend using a damaged or expired propane tank. If you notice your propane tank is damaged or expired, order a replacement from your local propane delivery company right away.
2. Smoke or Light Matches Near Your Propane Tank
Never smoke, light matches or use any other flammable materials near your propane tank. Propane is highly flammable, and open flames are likely to ignite in the case of an undetected gas leak.
3. Store a Propane Tank Indoors or in Your Car
In the case your propane tank catches fire, you’ll want it as far away from your home as possible. Store your propane tank in a flat, open area to reduce the chance that your home or car will be damaged by a fire or explosion.
4. Leave Your Gas Grill Unattended
Open flames are a fire hazard that can get out of control if left unattended. It’s best to keep an eye on your grill in order to act swiftly in case of an emergency.
5. Wear Loose Clothing While Grilling
Loose-fitting clothing is more likely to catch fire or pans. Be sure to wear clothing that properly fits and avoid oversized sleeves.
6. Re-light the Grill Right Away
Allow your grill to cool completely before relighting. Attempting to relight charcoal and ash may cause an accidental flare-up.
How My Propane Butler Can Help
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