Safety First When Firing Up Your Propane Grill
We’ve all been waiting for it. It seemed like it would never arrive, but it’s finally here –Summer! Warm weather, outdoor cooking and family gatherings…the very reasons you purchased that home propane grill, right? From now until Labor Day, you plan on putting that shiny appliance through it’s paces, giving your overworked oven a much need reprieve while keeping the interior of your house cool. A sound plan, certainly, but it’s important to know that meal-making machine beckoning you from the deck needs as much attention, if not more, than most any other appliance in your house. As your residential propane supplier, we thought it would be beneficial to provide you with some little known grilling safety tips.
Store Your Back Up Propane In A Safe Place
Sure, it’s convenient to have a second tank ready to go, especially with a yard full of rambunctious kids and impatient in-laws waiting for the presentation of fine burgers and hot dogs, but that extra cylinder needs to be stored far away. If not, and a grill fire occurs, you will double your risk of injury with another tank in close proximity. Always keep your home propane auxiliary cylinders stored upright, in a cool location such as a basement or temperature-controlled environment far away from grill.
Many ThompsonGas customers enjoy the convenience of having their residential propane fueling their grill, eliminating the need of storing a back up tank and never running out of lp gas!
Ensure The Propane Valve Is Closed When Not In Use
Frequently, once the steaks are done, even veteran grill chefs will simply turn the dials off on the grill panels, proudly presenting their creation to eager guests. Problems can arise when the tank valve is left in the open position. Propane will still be channeled to the grill, even though the cooking flames have been extinguished. A few drinks, some interesting conversation and neglecting to close that valve can easily be overlooked. It’s wise to get into the habit of turning off the tank immediately after turning off the burners.
Use Caps When Your Propane Tank Is Not In Use
This tip is more for after Labor Day, when many decide to place their grill into hibernation until the following spring. Always place caps on all grill lines to prevent insects from causing severe problems. Yes, you read that right. Bugs, especially spiders, can become wedged into connections or build webs in the hosing leading from your tank to the grill. Propane travels through these hoses with very little pressure, which means any encumbrance, even relatively harmless webbing, can result in propane back up. An additional benefit of these inexpensive caps is that they will definitely help prevent rust from building up at connection points, greatly extending the life of your grill.
Do Not Smoke While Grilling
This may seem like no-brainer, but there is a practical reason that you may not be aware of. Many weekend grill chefs believe they are diligent by keeping their lit cigarette away from the tank. On the surface, this may seem safe, but the problem arises when ashes are flicked are fall to the ground. Propane is lighter than air, which means that if there is a leak in a connection or hose, even a very small one, the gas will be settling near the ground. An accidental cigarette ash falling to the ground could result in a disastrous consequence. If you feel nicotine craving while grilling, please, ask someone else to “man the controls” while you take a quick break.
Check Your Propane Connections & Hoses Each Time
Keep a spray bottle filled with a soap and water solution near your grill. A few squirts of this solution on your tank’s valve and hoses each time you fire up the grill is a simple way to accurately check for leaks. If you notice bubbles forming on the saturated areas a leak is definitely present. Immediately turn off the propane and check all fittings and connections, then perform the test again. If bubbles are still present, you will need to replace your tank or hoses before you can fire up the grill.
It may sound clichéd, but safety must be considered first when it comes to home propane grilling. Prevention is the best remedy for any situation. Following these simple tips can help you have the safest experience when using your grill. Do you have any safe grilling tips you would like to share? Let us know by commenting below!
Be Safe & Happy Grilling!