Remember the most important ingredient to any tasty grill-out: safety. Check out these tips below for basic grilling safety.
POSITION THE GRILL IN A SAFE LOCATION
Always use your grill outside in a well-ventilated area. Do NOT grill or even bring cylinders inside or in an enclosed space such as a garage.
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.
CHECK FOR LEAKS
Before lighting your propane gas grill burner, use a leak-detection solution to make sure all connections are secure. Follow this procedure every time you replace a cylinder.
Your local propane supplier can help you get some leak-detection solution or use a soapy water solution to check connections for leaks. Expanding bubbles indicate a leak. Never use matches, lighters, or other heat sources to check for propane leaks.
STORE THE PROPANE TANK PROPERLY
Always use and store grill style propane cylinders in an upright, vertical position. Store them outside and a safe distance away from heat sources.
CHECK FOR DAMAGE
Every time you refill your cylinder, have your cylinder inspected for dents, damage, bulges, rust, or leaks. Also, be sure to check to ensure the tank is not past its expiration date.
TRANSPORT YOUR TANK SAFELY
Take a newly filled tank home immediately and remove the tank from the vehicle as soon as you arrive home. The cylinder valve should be fully closed during transport and have a cap over the connection point.
Do not leave a propane cylinder in your vehicle regardless of whether it is full or almost empty.
TURN EVERYTHING OFF WHEN NOT IN USE
Turn off the burners when you are done grilling, but also turn off the valve at the tank. This will ensure you have absolutely no leaks.
FOLLOW THE MANUFACTURER’S INSTRUCTIONS.
Whether it’s assembly, use, maintenance, cleaning, or storage, make your grill manufacturer’s instructions your go-to resource for safe grilling.
Be sure to check all the parts of the grill are still in good working order. If you find hole or cuts in the wrong places (i.e. a cut on the gas line or holes that don’t belong on the burner) be sure to replace the defective part right away.
FOLLOW PROPER LIGHTING PROCEDURES.
Follow the manufacturer’s lighting instructions, and with all grill models, keep the lid open and don’t lean over the grill when lighting it.
If your flame goes out, turn off the gas and refer to your owner’s manual. At a minimum, with all grill models, keep the lid open and wait at least 15 minutes before relighting.
CLEAN OFF THE GREASE
Excessive grease build-up in the grill can lead to grease fires. Keep your grease catch empty and clean off any grease build-up from the inside or your grill. Wash down any grease from the outside of your grill after the grill has cooled.
As with any open flame, never leave your grill unattended while it is in use and use common sense. It is always a good idea to have a class B fire extinguisher and a cell phone handy in case of emergencies if a fire starts despite every precaution.
If a fire does start, shut off the cylinder valve if you can safely do so. If you have positioned the grill away from other objects that can start on fire, you can normally just leave the grill closed and the flames will die down quickly on their own assuming the propane has been turned off.
If you can’t shut-off the valve, keep your distance and call the fire department if necessary and don’t worry about the food inside. Remember, it is better to have burnt food than taking a burnt arm to the emergency room.