Follow These Tips to Grill Safely with Propane
It’s no secret that propane brings out the best flavors in food.
Make sure to follow these safety tips whether you’re using your propane grill while preparing food for a large gathering or fixing a delicious dinner for two:
- Location, location, location: Your grill should be in a well-ventilated area at least 5 feet away from the house and 10 feet away from any flammable structure. The surface should be level and clear of furniture or overhanging trees that could present a fire hazard. It’s a good idea to use a grill mat and always lock the grill wheels.
- Check connections for leaks. Every time you replace a cylinder, you should perform a safety check by using a soapy water solution on the hose. Expanding bubbles indicate a leak. Turn off the gas. Do not use your grill if you suspect a leak. Have the grill serviced by a professional prior to using it again. If the leak continues after you turn off the gas, call the fire department.
- Make sure you have the user manual for your grill handy and have read it fully. Keep it accessible.
- Store cylinders outdoors in an upright position. Make sure they are not close to sources of ignition. Phillips Energy is happy to inspect your cylinders for dents, damages, rust or leaks.
- Never smoke while grilling.
- Before you use your grill, make sure it is clean. It’s best to clean your grill after every use once it cools down. At least twice a year, gut your grill for complete cleaning and maintenance. Port holes should be clean and clear, and cobwebs cleared. Make sure grease levels have not built up. Replace parts that have rusted or deteriorated.
- Never leave your grill unattended. Keep children and pets away from the grill.
- Avoid wearing loose clothing while grilling. Use heat-resistant gloves.
- Shut your grill down by turning off the burners after use and turning off your fuel supply.
- Have a fire extinguisher handy in the event of an emergency. Do not use water to put out a grease fire. Use baking soda instead.