Summer — the season of vacationing, swimming and, of course, grilling. With so many homeowners firing up their home propane grills this summer, it’s important to think safety first. The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) and Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) recommend the following tips for safely using your gas grill this summer.
Propane Grill Do’s
- Always use your grill outdoors in a well-ventilated area.
- Follow all manufacturer instructions and keep well-written materials and manuals in a safe, accessible area.
- Make sure the grill burner controls are turned off and keep the cylinder valve closed when grill is not in use.
- Make sure the grill is shut off and completely cooled before covering it after use.
- When your cylinder is filled, have your propane suppliers, ThompsonGas, check for dents, damage, rust or leaks.
- Always use and store cylinders in an upright, vertical position. Store outdoors away from sources of ignition (heat, matches, lighters, etc.)
- While transporting your propane cylinder, keep the vehicle ventilated with the cylinder valve closed and plugged or capped.
- When your grill is not in use, cover disconnected hose-end fittings and burner air intakes with small plastic bags or protective fitting caps.
- Contact ThompsonGas for a leak-detection solution to check all connections for tightness before lighting a propane gas grill burner.
- Call the fire department immediately and move all people and pets away from the unit in the event of a significant or uncontrollable release of gas or fire.
Propane Grill Don’ts
- Do not bring cylinders indoors or into an enclosed space such as a garage.
- Do not smoke while handling a 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 temperature (including storing spare cylinders under or near the grill).