Propane Grilling Safety Tips You Need to Know
Don’t let an accident ruin your summer fun
Memorial Day weekend is almost upon us. And not only is it the unofficial start of summer, it’s also the unofficial start of grilling season! While we may not be able to do the big cookout with family and friends this year because of social distancing, we can still grill for ourselves, and our loved ones at home.
If you have a propane grill, you know how great it is for ease and convenience. Not only is it great for fast weeknight meals, it give great results for everything from burgers and hot dogs to low-and-slow dishes like brisket and pulled pork.
But before you get those ribs and chicken on your grill the Memorial, you have some work to do. The first job is a thorough inspection and cleaning of your grill.
The second job is even more important: Educate yourself about propane safety.
Put safety first when grilling
Once you’re ready to start grilling for the summer, there are some best practices you need to follow to keep you, your family, your guests, and your property safe. We’ve put together a list of things to do, as well as not to do.
- Clean your whole propane grill, not just the grates, regularly. One in five grill fires is caused by leftover grease. Empty and clean the grease trap frequently, ideally after every other use. Insects can make themselves at home in the burner tubes, creating clogs. Check those and clean as needed, especially if you haven’t used your grill in more than a week.
- When grilling, keep a working fire extinguisher nearby.
- Place the grill on a flat, level surface to prevent tipping.
- Keep the grill at least five feet from the house, outdoor furniture, trees, and landscaping.
- Children and pets need to be kept away from the grill while it’s on.
- NEVER leave a lit grill unattended. Make sure you have everything you need in place before you start the grill.
- If the igniter on your grill is broken, don’t use the grill. Look into buying a grill with an automatic igniter.
- NEVER use your grill indoors or in an enclosed or covered area like a garage, sunporch, or carport. Dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, a potentially lethal gas that is odorless and colorless, can build up.
Contact us to learn more about propane safety, today. Poore’s Propane – Central Delmarva’s leading source for propane, oil and service—safe, dependable, easy!