Summer is the time for hot backyard barbecues. If you have a propane grill at your home, you can easily prepare tasty barbecues for you and your dear ones. Many people find grilling as a must thing in summer and spring. But safety is something you have to take great care of.
NFPA has the reports of accidents that are caused by grilling. Every year, so many accidents occur due to grilling and many patients are taken to emergency rooms. If a fire starts from the grill, things close to the grill catches fire easily which can even cause an explosion. In most of the reported grill accidents, leaks or breaks are the major causes. It is a fact that gas grills are more prone to accidents than charcoal grills. So more care has to be taken while using propane gas grills.
Here are certain Do’s and Don’ts you can follow when you are using a propane gas grill. This will help you to avoid accidents.
- It is always good to use the grill outside in a well-ventilated area. The instruction in the manual has to be followed strictly. All the things such as the manual, written materials, etc., from the manufacturer, has to be kept in a safe, accessible place.
- The grill burner controls have to be turned off always and the cylinder valve has to be kept fully closed when not in use.
- After use, check whether the gas grill is shut off and completely cooled before covering it.
- The cylinders have to be used or stored in an upright, vertical position. They have to be stored outdoors away from sources of ignition.
- Check for dents, rust, damage, or leaks when the cylinder is refilled.
- Take the cylinder home immediately after filling. Make sure to keep the vehicle ventilated with the cylinder valve closed and plugged or capped while transporting. The disconnected hose-end fittings and burner air intakes have to be covered with small plastic bags when the Propane Grill is not in use. You can also use protective fitting caps from the propane gas retailer to keep out dirt, insects, and moisture.
- Test the gas fittings for leaks before lighting the propane gas grill burner.
- Avoid bringing cylinders indoors or into an enclosed space such as a garage.
- Avoid smoking while handling the propane gas cylinder
- The cylinder must not be left in a vehicle
- Avoid using matches or lighters while checking for leaks.
- Keep the cylinder and the Propane Grill away from the reach of children
- The cylinder must not be used, stored, or transported to where it could be exposed to high temperatures.
Here are some safety tips that you can use while handling a propane gas grill.
- All the grills, whether propane or charcoal, must be used only outdoors.
- Make sure to keep the grill away from the home, deck railings and out from the eaves and over hangings.
- The Propane Grill has to be kept at least three feet away from the kids and pets
- Remove the grease or fat buildup from the grills and the tray below the grill. Always keep it clean.
- Your Propane Grill must not be left unattended
- Before lighting the grill, make sure that the gas grill lid is open