Grilling Safety Tips for Your Outdoor Living AreaDecember 8, 2011 // Posted in:
Last Updated on December 8, 2011
As outdoor cooking areas and patios become more and more popular, families are spending more time hanging out and preparing meals around an outdoor grill. While grilling season may be slowing down, there’s no reason to forget how to safely prepare a meal on the grill. This is especially important when it comes to outdoor patios and grilling areas because when there is a lack of rain, the leaves, trees and grass becomes very dry making them more prone to catching on fire. Here are some timeless tips for handling propane grills.
Do not smoke around propane
This should go without saying, but it’s the most important thing to remember. You don’t smoke at a fueling station, and you shouldn’t smoke around a propane tank, no matter how big or how small. This will not only keep you safe, it will keep your family safe as you spend time preparing a meal. Whether you are buying or installing, never smoke when handling a propane tank – period.
Always grill in a well-ventilated area
Propane is a gas and can accumulate in a garage or kitchen just like any other gas. Always follow your grill’s instructions and make sure you are grilling outdoors in an area that has constant airflow. Make sure that the area around the grill isn’t covered by anything or touching the grill itself. This is important to keep in mind when remodeling or adding additions on to your house. The area in which you grill must be very open in an effort to stay as safe as possible.
Inspect your equipment
Before you even turn on the grill, make sure you check your tank for any signs of damage that could cause a leak. If there are any bulges, dents or evidence of corrosion or rusting, do not use your grill. Get the old cylinder replaced immediately. Check your hoses for any signs of cracking or decay as well. If you see any, it’s time to replace the hoses.
Check for leaks
Even if all your equipment checks out, there still could be a leak. By using a leak-detecting solution, you can find any previously undetected leaks. Your local propane dealer can provide you with the solution and information about how to properly use it.
Properly put away all tools
When you are done grilling, be sure to properly put away your grill and tank. Let your grill completely cool, first and foremost – then disconnect and cover all hose fittings and burner air intakes with small plastic bags or, ideally, fitting caps (these can be obtained from your local propane dealer). This will keep any dirt, bugs or moisture out of your fittings while the grill is not in use. And, don’t forget to cover your grill.
Consider each of these safety tips as well as the area around which you plan to cook before firing up the grill. It will prove to be beneficial to the overall safety of those around you!
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