Prioritize Grilling Safety
July 19, 2016
Written By Adam Buckallew
For the more than 70% of Americans that own a grill, summer time is prime grilling season. One thing you don’t want to happen is for your next grilled meal to be memorable for the wrong reasons. According to the National Fire Protection Association, July is the peak month for grill fires and there are about 9,000 home fires caused by grilling annually. In 2014, more than 16,000 patients were sent to the emergency room due to grilling-related injuries.
Follow the below propane grilling tips to ensure your next backyard barbecue is a safe, satisfying experience.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instruction – Whether it’s assembly, use, maintenance, cleaning, or storage, make your grill manufacturer’s instructions your go-to resource for safe grilling.
- Position the grill in a safe location – 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 – Use a soapy water solution to check connections for leaks. Expanding bubbles indicate a leak. Follow this procedure every time you replace a cylinder.
- 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.
- Follow proper relighting procedures – 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.
- Be present – Stay close and never leave your grill unattended.