Propane Grill Safety Tips

Propane Grill Do’s

•  Always use the grill outdoors in a well-ventilated area.  Always follow all the manufacturer’s instructions and keep written materials and manuals in a safe, accessible place.

•  Make sure the grill burner controls are turned off and keep the cylinder valve closed when not in use.

•  Make sure the gas grill is shut off and completely cooled before covering it after use.

•  Always use or store cylinders in an upright, vertical position.  Be sure to store them outdoors away from sources of ignition (i.e. heat, matches, or lighters).

•  When a cylinder is refilled, have the supplier check for dents, damage, rust, or leaks.

•  After filling, take the cylinder home immediately.  While transporting, keep the vehicle ventilated with the cylinder valve closed and plugged or capped.

•  When a grill is not in use, cover disconnected hose-end fittings and burner air intakes with small plastic bags, or obtain protective fitting caps from the propane gas retailer to keep out dirt, insects, and moisture.

•  Before lighting a propane gas grill burner, use a leak-detection solution to check all connections for tightness.  Contact a local propane gas retailer to obtain the leak detection solution and instructions on how to use it.

•  If there is a significant and uncontrollable release of gas or fire, call the fire department immediately and move all people and pets away from the unit.

Propane Grill Don’ts

•  Do not bring cylinders indoors or into an enclosed space such as a garage.

•  Do not smoke while handling the propane cylinder.

•  Do not leave the cylinder in a vehicle.

•  Do not use matches or lighters to check for leaks.

•  Do not allow children to tamper or play with the cylinder or grill.

•  Do not use, store, or transport a cylinder where it could be exposed to high

temperatures. (This includes storing spare cylinders under or near the grill.)

Source:

National Propane Gas Association/Propane Education & Research Council (2003)