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10 Tips for Safe Grilling



By Adam Steffes, Energy Manager

Just thinking about all the barbecued delights that make summer the best season of the year can set your mouth watering. Grilling season is definitely under way and July Fourth is right around the corner. As you fire up your grill, check out these safety tips for grilling with propane gas.

  1. Clean your propane grill regularly; leftover grease causes about one in five grill fires!
  2. Before you turn on your tank or grill, check hoses for damage and kinks.
  3. Keep your grill at least five feet from obstructions, including trees, outdoor furniture, and more importantly, your home.
  4. Keep a fire extinguisher available, and make sure it works.
  5. Use long-handled barbecue utensils to avoid burns.
  6. Turn off both the burner control and the cylinder valve when you finish cooking.
  7. Never store propane indoors — always keep tanks outside, covered and stored vertically.
  8. When you’re transporting your tank for a refill, place it upright in your car, out of direct sunlight, and make sure the valve is closed. Go straight to the refilling station — don’t leave a tank alone in the vehicle, where temperatures can rise quickly!
  9. Always check replacement tanks for dents, rust or leaks.
  10. NEVER grill indoors, where odorless, deadly carbon monoxide can accumulate

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