It’s time to fire up the grill and have your friends and family over for a summer BBQ!
But, before you do, check out these safe grilling tips from the Propane Education & Research Council.
1. Follow the grill manufacturer’s instructions. Whether it’s assembly, use, maintenance, cleaning or storage your first and best resource for safe grilling is the manufacturer’s instructions.
2. Position the grill properly. Keep it outdoors, at least 5 feet from your house. Place it on a level surface that’s away from siding, outdoor furniture, or anything else that could be a fire hazard. Never store propane cylinders inside — even in your garage or shed — and they should always be stored upright.
3. Check for leaks. Use soapy water to check connections for leaks before lighting or connecting the grill. Follow this same leak check procedure every time a new propane tank is connected to the grill.
4. Follow proper lighting procedures. Follow manufacturer’s instructions when lighting a grill. No matter what brand of propane grill you have, make sure you keep the lid open and don’t lean over the grill when lighting it.
5. Follow proper re-lighting procedures. If it’s windy and your flame goes out, turn off the gas, keep the lid open, and wait at least 15 minutes before relighting.
6. Be present. Don’t leave the grill unattended.